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I only managed to bring my child to the dentist once {you can read about our experience in this post here} and since I was told that my little man will have to be sedated to have his teeth cleaned, I backed out and decided for Jared to have his chompers checked out when he is a bit older and can easily handle the stress and the trauma. I was taken aback by the sedative which my son has to take and prayed since then to find a better and healthier dental service that will not involve sedating little children while cleaning their milk teeth. I was actually on the look out for another pediatric dentist to bring my son for teeth cleaning this summer so he will have clean, white teeth in time for school this June.  Although I’ve already found local pediatric dentists in our city, I am still undecided thinking they’d just offer the same treatment that includes sedative and other medicine until I got an invite to visit the Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic.

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Dr. Urbi explaining how bad oral habits damage a child’s face

Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic, a first of its kind in the Philippines, is a brainchild of Davao-based orthodontics maverick, Dr. Gamaliel Urbi. He pioneers Myobrace Orthodontics in the country and is frequently asked to give talks about Myofunctional Orthodontics in different countries in Asia. Dr. Gamaliel is also the owner of the local MRC Clinic franchise. MRC Clinic or Myofunctional Research Clinic is an Australian-based dental concept technology that introduces innovative and holistic ways of improving dental and facial development of growing children ages 5 to 15. This one-of-a-kind dental clinic opened its first branch in 2009 and currently has 4 branches nationwide, located in different Ayala Malls in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. 

A Healthier Dental Care

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Dr. Urbi talks about his niche + his passion to help children with dental problems

Listening to Dr. Urbi talk about their holistic dental care and the fascinating stories of the children patients, and their dramatic transformation illustrated by photographs, he has treated over the years is simply an eye-opener. I must admit, I did have a limited idea of how dental hygiene will impact the lives of our children. I thought it was as simple as keeping the teeth healthy so the children won’t have to endure annoying toothaches, painful dental treatments, expensive procedures, or worse, an embarrassing tooth loss. I overlooked that unhealthy teeth can also be a primary reason for facial deformation, as well as in children having low self-esteem and confidence.

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a number of children treated at the Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic

It was also very interesting to find out that Dr. Urbi’s treatment include a whole lot more in the process than merely cleaning children’s teeth, giving them orthodontic medicine and installing braces. In fact, there was never a time he mentioned they sedate children even while during oral prophylaxis. For mums like me who are weary of having these medicine in our children’s body, it sure is quite a relief to find a dental clinic that do away with sedatives and the like.

The revolutionary treatment Green Apple Dental offers includes teaching children to breath through the nose. Most mums are unaware that a lot of children are mouth-breathers and have learned to practice it through a number of different reasons including poor nutrition and bad posture. Even the practice of giving pacifiers to little babies can also result to them being mouth-breathers when they grow older, which in turn can pose a number of health issues and problems. Little did we know that our mouths are not really designed for breathing, and when children breathe through their mouths, they also inhale pollutants and allergens in their surrounding directly to their lungs, which in turn can make them sensitive and sickly and susceptible to a number of diseases. It is a healthy practice to keep the mouth closed and breathe through the nose, as our noses, with its natural filters called cilia, are designed to help us take the air in without inhaling the dirt around us.  Can you imagine that by simply teaching our children the proper way of breathing through the nose, they become healthier, with straighter teeth and nicer-looking faces, too?

Green Apple Dental teaches children the Buteyko Breathing Method, developed by the Russian respiratory specialist Dr Konstantin Buteyko. Apart from helping children get improved facial appearances and straighter teeth, it also provides benefits for people with asthma, diabetes, hormonal disorders, migraine, hypertension and digestive disorders.

Myofunctional Orthodontics in a nutshell

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this image is courtesy of blogger friend, Vance

Myobraces is something really foreign to me and it was good news indeed that parents and children now have a better way of correcting crooked teeth sans the pain and without burning a hole in mum or dad’s pockets. Myofunctional Orthodontics safely and effectively correct children’s crooked teeth with the aid of Mybraces, a soft silicon material that promotes dental alignment, correct nasal breathing and brings lips together while at rest, corrects tongue position and improves jaw development. What’s even better is that, unlike regular braces which has to be worn for a certain amount of time, day in day out, these myobraces are worn at night while the children sleeps, that is why it is very convenient, not to mention not embarrassing at all.

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products, oral hygiene, dental services for children, children health, services for children

The treatment is ideal for children 5 to 10 years of age, as their jaws are still developing and are just about to have their permanent set of teeth. Habits are also easier to correct in younger children. Dr. Urbi recommends their preemptive treatment as early as possible.

The myobrace treatment is designed for 2 years and costs about Php45,000. After the initial assessment and diagnostics, and settling the initial downpayment, a patient only need to visit the clinic once and pay Php1,000 for each visit. The clinic has a very efficient facility equipped with X-rays and other equipment for dental assessment. It is also designed in a very colorful and kid-friendly way, that children will not be intimidated to drop by for a treatment.

Mum’s two cents

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the reception area of Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic

A holistic type of dental treatment and procedure is something that I would recommend for mums and their children. Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic won me with their non-sedative oral prophylaxis procedure, as well as with teaching children to breath properly through the nose. Dr. Urbi said that he has found a niche in myofunctional orthodontics and feels like he would have accomplished much if he can help children gain confidence and lead healthier lives by solving their teeth problem.

I had the little man assessed and Dr. Urbi said he was too young and too good looking to have problems as of yet. I was told to bring him back after a few years for another assessment and this mum was relieved as I was really convinced I might be raising a mouth-breather. I was advised to just continue reminding Jared to close his mouth and breathe through his nose. It was good to know that I only have the teeth cleaning to worry about. We have yet to try it as there was a considerably long line the day we visited the clinic, but will be sure to share the experience here once we did.

By the way, if you want a free consultation and myobrace assessment, do call Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic for more information.

Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic
Unit 2054 2nd Level Trinoma
EDSA cor North Avenue, Quezon City
:computer: Green Apple Dental/MRC Clinic Facebook Page
:cell: 0916.593.5569
:phone: 901.0906/392.4187

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.