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Jason and Alan had the privilege to speak with Dr. Rebecca Bockow, a dual trained orthodontist/periodontist and cutting edge advocate for understanding airway. Rebecca has been teaching at Spear Education for a couple of years and will be one of the instructors in the newly revamped "interdisciplinary treatment planning" course that Spear is putting together. She's also been featured on our "Queens of the Airway" episodes as well. The Dental Hacks had a wide ranging discussion with Rebecca which included:

  • How does a dentist decide on a dual specialty and why orthodontics/periodontics? (spoiler: she almost ended up as a prosthodontist!)
  • Expansion before expansion was cool
  • The Airway "Ah HA" moment
  • How teaching is a type of marketing for a reknowned specialist like Rebecca
  • The paradigm shift to treating younger patients orthodontically
  • Pediatric airway screening with a one page questionnaire
  • What in the whole world needs to change to better address airway issues
  • How can regular dentists understand and evaluate the literature about airway
  • How to rehabilitate a patient with excessive wear/gummy smile and more
  • Looking at how the malocclusion/skeletal development came to be
  • What's Rebecca's "elevator pitch" about how to incorporate airway into your practice
  • How do gummy smiles and airway relate to each other?
  • How to open the palatal suture once you're an adult (TAD expanders vs. Hyrax expanders)
  • Surgery + orthodontics = airway magic
  • What % of people breathe through their nose?
  • How do we evaluate tongue tie?

Becca is a genius and if you get a chance to see her teach, DO NOT MISS IT!

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