Welcome to Holistic Happenings in Orthodontics! 

In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD

This month's topics:
1. Mouth breathing & its effect on sleep and health
2. Close Your Mouth: Book Club selection
3. Tip of the Month: Cold & flu season's common mistake
4. Indiana University Northwest - Latest speaking engagement
5. Our health and our environment
6. Brief Baby Break 
Belly v. Pumpkin! 
A popular topic around the office this month has been my belly!
Thank you to everyone who asked how the pregnancy is going. Overall, despite my “advanced maternal age,” this pregnancy has been smoother than the first one which was three years ago. Why? Well, a large factor is that I have addressed my nighttime mouth breathing.
Our kids can teach us a lot. While helping my son, I realized many things about myself, notably that my lips were just slightly apart when sleeping and no, I wasn’t snoring! Thus, while advocating for my son, my own health benefited and now his baby sister's too!
 
This change has had an extremely positive effect on my overall quality of life. Did you know that mouth breathing impacts your dental and overall health?!
 
In a recent online survey of over 1000 Americans, 71% said they either share the bed with a mouth breather or they personally are a mouth breather. To learn more about how mouth breathing is a barrier to a good night’s sleep, read this article.
 
Approximately 14% of kids grind their teeth. This is a sign of an airway issue. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine explains that kids who grind their teeth often have difficulty in school. Read the complete article here.
 
My practice is devoted to correcting the bad bite by addressing the underlying cause in addition to straightening the smile. Those underlying causes are often airway issues such as mouth breathing.
Close Your Mouth
My professional book club, Connections Book Club, met again on October 4, 2019 to discuss Close Your Mouth by Patrick McKeown.
Patrick was kind and generous with his time to meet with us over Zoom Video Conferencing. Patrick McKeown is a world renowned author, researcher, and coach at the cutting edge of optimal breathing strategies. He is passionate about educating people on how to properly breathe and the benefits of nasal vs. mouth breathing. Check out this site for more details: https://buteykoclinic.com/
 
We are very grateful for Patrick McKeown’s time and the information he shared. Those in attendance include:
Megan Allen, Tracy Biggs, Dr. Rachel Dunlop, Bre Grzych, Dr. Trish Hammett, Dr. Jennifer Hobson, Stacy Lashenik, Rachel Lieske, Dr. Thalia Katsoras, Dr. Mystie Pieters, Dr. Rachel Poulsen, Dr. Susan Royer, Caroline Smith, Margaret Stoch, and Dr. Amy Wadas.
Tip of the Month
Fight the spread of germs by coughing and/or sneezing into a tissue, your arm, or your shirt, not into your hands!
Covering our mouth is important! However, often we are unable to immediately wash our hands afterwards. Thus, when coughing/sneezing into our hands, we are more prone to spread the germs.

 
 
Let’s stay healthy this season! If cannot grab a tissue, block the spray with your arm or your clothing. 
Check out:
 https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
Indiana University Northwest - Latest Speaking Engagement 
I had the great opportunity to speak with Indiana University Northwest’s Dental Assisting students on October 11, 2019 as part of their “Introduction into Dentistry" Course. Thank you Professor Dana Darman for reaching out to me after reading my articles published in The Times of Northwest IN.
The topic for presentation: Holistic, integrative, and interceptive approach to dentistry and orthodontics. I was very impressed with the group’s attention and questions. Colleagues, be on the lookout for these students upon graduation in May 2020! 
 
Following the presentation, I raffled off flowers and a copy of Close Your Mouth by Patrick McKeown. Always impressed when the first winner picks the book and then the flowers! 
Our health and our environment 
This photo collage demonstrates adaptation.
Humans and animals adapt to the environment in order to survive.
I use this example of the turtles surviving despite the plastic restriction when talking with patients about how humans can survive despite restricted airways. Both are damaging and both are able to be improved if found and cared for properly.  
 
Understanding that our environment affects our health on many levels, is part of the reason why I love mission behind Mermaid reusable metal straws. I'm placing my first custom order for Mermaid straws and they will be available for purchase soon!
Baby Break
In order for me to enjoy my new bundle of joy, I plan to take a brief maternity leave from November 7 – December 22, 2019.
I will return on December 23, 2019.
Don’t worry. My patients will be in very good hands. I have provided detailed notes on each patient to my father, Dr. Thomas Kroczek. Dr. Tom is available if any patient needs to be seen during my absence. And of course, Laura will be available to address any of your questions and/or concerns. 
 
Call or email today to set up an appointment prior to or immediately following 
the time period when I will be away on the brief baby break. 
"Autumn...the year's last loveliest smile."  - William Cullen Bryant

Autumn is a beautiful season and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! 
Wishing you health and happiness during the upcoming holidays and throughout the year.

Join us in celebrating Halloween as we support the Teal Pumpkin Project at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant's Trunk or Treat October 29, 2019. 

Smiles,
Dr. Catherine Murphy
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