When treating my patients, I consider their oral health to play a vital role in their general health. The mouth is the “gateway” to the rest of the body. Hence, it must be cared for and maintained in order to achieve optimal health.
We discuss the crucial relationship between oral and general health. If needed, we alter the patient’s daily oral hygiene accordingly to ensure effective plaque control and that the correct tools are being used e.g. the right toothbrush, correct flossing technique and floss, interdental brushes and oil pulling.
Furthermore, we discuss the patient’s diet, medical history (systemic conditions that can impact their oral health), sleeping habits, breathing patterns, head and neck muscular/joint activity and other behaviours they may have such as teeth grinding and/or clenching.
In addition to completing my Bachelor in Oral Health at Sydney University, I have attended the International Association of Orthodontic conferences in Los Angeles and Florida, where I was exposed to observing, diagnosing and treating head/neck pain, airway issues and sleep disorders in both adults and children.
Walk whenever possible, drink water and sleep well – it’s free!
I enjoy Paleo eating – lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whilst minimising processed foods, gluten and sugar. It has taught me to avoid starving the body of nutrition.
I enjoy walks and runs on the beach. It is a great way to stay active whilst absorbing important vitamin D and breathing in some much needed fresh air. It does wonders for my frame of mind.
Staying active on the beach and fishing with my husband.
Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs and sugar“. The majority of modern diets discuss weight loss as their main goal, however little is thought about in terms of brain health. This book provides an insight on how the foods/drinks I consume on a daily basis affects the health of my brain. As Thomas Edison quotes:
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
It has certainly influenced my priorities when selecting foods for myself and my family in order to keep our minds sharp long-term.
I am fond of making my own organic Acai bowl. It is quick, easy and great for breakfast or lunch: