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Holistic Orthodontics: Beyond Straightening Teeth
Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD

August 14, 2023 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

The holistic approach goes beyond dentofacial orthodontics to shift from viewing malocclusion as the primary problem orthodontics should fix to crooked teeth being a symptom of an underlying cause. It is estimated that the rate of malocclusion in America is 90%. The focus must be on seeking solutions through collaborative care to address the overall health concerns that contribute to the symptom of crooked teeth. The connections between proper rest oral posture, mouth breathing, and restricted oral tissues and their impact on creating stunning, healthy, sustainable smiles will be discussed as well as Dr. Catherine Murphy’s Triad of Care for cooperatively addressing breathing, eating, and sleeping concerns. By viewing the patient as a whole and mouth health as an indicator for one’s overall health, we can elevate our patient care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how to utilize the holistic approach to enhance patient care and treatment results
  2. Illuminate the difference between traditional and holistic orthodontic treatment objectives
  3. Identify the connections between optimal health and proper breathing, sleeping and eating

Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD, is an international speaker and consultant who enjoys private practice. She is a former adjunct clinical faculty of Indiana University NW Dental Hygiene Program. Prior to specializing in orthodontics, Dr. Murphy practiced general dentistry and served as adjunct clinical faculty at IU School of Dentistry. Catherine is the author of two picture books “Dear Momma…”; and & “Dear Friend…Do you know about Tongue Ties?” focusing on the connection between oral and overall health. She reaches caregivers nationwide through her podcast, “Dear Momma with Dr. Murphy.” The show provides insights into the holistic and collaborative care approach to orthodontic treatment. Additionally, she is a co-creator of the self-care movement, Take3ForMe™, designed to support harmony between career, family and self. This practice combines her love of myofunctional therapy exercises, breathwork and affirmations.

Dr. Murphy’s love of dentistry goes beyond appreciating the beauty of a bicuspid. She is grateful that dentistry provided the support needed to transform her son’s health from failing to thriving.She is grateful to share her passion for our profession with others.

1 CE credit available to AAPMD members


August 14, 2023
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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AAPMD – Webinar