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Episode 263: Breathing Easy : Link Between Orthodontics, Speech & Health with Dr. Svitlana Koval, DMD, MSc, BD and Tiffany Zilberman M.S. CCC-SLP 

This week on the podcast, Hallie dives deep into the world of orthodontics with Dr. Svitlana Koval, an airway orthodontist and Tiffany Zilberman, a pediatric feeding specialist and myofunctional therapist. They challenge the traditional view of orthodontics, highlighting the importance of early intervention and care throughout all life stages.

The conversation explores how orthodontics can impact not just your smile, but also your speech, breathing, and overall health. They discuss the connection between airway health, orthodontics, myofunctional therapy, feeding therapy and speech therapy, emphasizing the need for a holistic approach.

Learn the difference between traditional orthodontics focused solely on teeth alignment and airway orthodontics that considers the entire airway system and more! 

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • The Importance of Early Intervention in Orthodontics
  • Addressing Skeletal Issues Before Orthodontic Treatment
  • The Holistic Approach: Orthodontics, Myofunctional Therapy, Feeding and Speech Therapy
  • Typical Orthodontics vs. Airway Orthodontics
  • The Mouth as a Door to the Body
  • The Teeth as Victims of Airway Issues
  • The Importance of Breathing for Survival
  • Recognizing the Signs of Airway Issues
  • Educating Teachers about Airway Issues
  • The Optimal Time for Intervention



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