(PRWEB) October 09, 2012
In light of recent findings and research in a childs’ development and breathing related disorders, Dr. Michael Gelb, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Professor at the NYU College of Dentistry and Dr. Howard G. Hindin, D.D.S., have to come together to form the American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). The AAPMD is an organization dedicated to studying the role of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), disturbed breathing in health, brain development and well-being.
SDB is a general term for breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. The symptoms include snoring, which is usually accompanied by mouth breathing and sleep apnea. SDB reportedly peaks from two to six years of age, but also occurs in younger children and infants. According to research, the most rapid phase of a childs’ development occurs in their first five years of life.
“Recent studies show that breathing issues early in life lead to neurobehavioral and neurocognitive deficits at ages four, seven and later,” Gelb said. “Eighty five percent of childs’ reading and language development occurs by age four.”
The current goal of the AAPMD is to address all brain development issues so that a child is mainstreamed by kindergarten. “We are working with New York University, The City University of New York, Bank Street and Columbia Teachers College to establish a model of identification, teamwork and collaboration,” Gelb said. “We are dedicated to getting every principal and teacher involved in screening for the children that need help.”
The AAPMD is a multi-disciplinary group formed to build a bridge between physicians, dentists, other health care practitioners and the public to provide fuller, integrated care for children and adults and focuses on issues relating to Sleep Disorders, Craniofacial Pain, Child Growth and Development, Chronic Inflammation and Sports and Academic Performance.
“Most people don't realize the ramifications of SDB on brain development. We want to spread the word,” Gelb said. “We intend to address the public health crisis of childhood obesity, the epidemic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, special education and allergies and lethargy of our youth. We want kids to reach their full potential.”
The AAPMD members start with in-utero counseling , midwives , lactation consultants and nurses and address issues of breathing, while breast feeding and after. The AAPMD starts from infancy, to treat children with disturbed breathing.
“The critical period of brain development is between infancy and five and before age nine,” Gelb said. “We are a team that is establishing a model for the rest of the country, through providing education, social work and public health and combining it with nursing, occupational therapy, medicine and dentistry.
To find out more information about the AAPMD and how to become involved in upcoming awareness events and/ or screenings, visit http://www.aapmd.org/ or contact Michael Gelb at 212.752.1662.
SleepTest.com is an online resource dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and treatment options. The goal is to offer a free preliminary online screening that can help identify people who may be at risk for this sleep disorder. The sleep test evaluation is quick and easy, and can be completed in about 5 minutes. SleepTest.com has partnered with dental sleep medicine giant, Sleep Group Solutions, to help offer the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine solution in the industry.