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#152 - Finding Optimal Health with Dr. Zink, Airway Dental Medicine

May 12, 2021 Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L Episode 152
All Things Sensory by Harkla
#152 - Finding Optimal Health with Dr. Zink, Airway Dental Medicine
Show Notes

Today’s guest, Dr. Sam Zink, is a dentist who focuses on airway dental medicine. Dr. Zink’s practice is rooted in the belief that all dentistry should support and enhance an optimal airway. 

In today’s episode, Dr. Zink shares how having his three sons struggle with upper airway resistance syndrome drew him into this specialization. 

We hear about why tongue and lip ties often go undiagnosed and the importance of finding a team that understands what it takes to diagnose and treat these issues. 

For so long, these problems have been diagnosed on appearance alone, but as Dr. Zink highlights, there is a spectrum, and as such, you should be looking for functional signs rather than ones based on appearance. 

We also discover how tongue-ties can manifest in adults and some tell-tale signs that you might have one. 

Gain insights into tongue-tie release surgery and the vital role of aftercare, and why constricted airways can put you in a state of chronic stress. 

Be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Get to know Dr. Zink and how he got into a career in dentistry after working in IT. 
  • Why Dr. Zink decided to focus his practice on tongue-ties; his personal experience. 
  • Some of the reasons why tongue ties often go undiagnosed. 
  • The importance of defining optimal health. 
  • An overview of what a tongue and lip tie are and some of the common symptoms. 
  • Why you cannot diagnose tongue and lip ties on appearance alone. 
  • What fascia is and the role it plays in the body. 
  • The importance of finding the right team when it comes to treating you or your child’s tongue-tie. 
  • How the process of releasing an adult and a baby tongue-tie differs. 
  • The bureaucracy and politics around diagnosing tongues-ties; what to be aware of. 
  • Why Dr. Zink usually does not recommend letting a lip tie split on its own. 
  • A look at what the procedure entails and the team approach that Dr. Zink uses. 
  • What can happen if you do not do post-op stretches and care correctly. 
  • What compensating for a small airway can lead to; your body is in constant fight or flight. 
  • The role that genetics and environment play in tongue-ties. 

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