Floss & Flip Flops Episode 14: Children's Dental Health Month with Irene Iancu


The Sanders Sisters invite Irene Iancu, RDH onto the microphone to discuss Children's Dental Health Month, discussing the importance of prevention, counseling and patient-centered care for our pediatric patient population.

Episode Notes

In this episode, we have Irene Iancu, a restorative dental hygienist who incorporates myofunctional therapy in her adult and child patients. She discusses the steps and challenges involved in making this career transition or incorporating elements of OMT into everyday dentistry and orthodontics. Recorded live at Yankee Dental Congress, we discuss a few essential and often overlooked elements.

Overview of Myofunctional Therapy

  • Definition of myofunctional Therapy
  • What it entails and its significance in dental and overall health
  • The role of myofunctional therapists in the treatment of various oral and facial conditions

Irene's Journey to Becoming Myofunctional Therapist

  • Irene's background and experience in the dental field
  • The reasons behind her decision to transition to myofunctional Therapy
  • The process of retraining and becoming a certified myofunctional therapist

Skills and Qualifications Required for Myofunctional Therapy

  • Importance of a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology
  • Essential communication and interpersonal skills
  • The role of ongoing education and professional development

Challenges and Opportunities in Myofunctional Therapy

  • Common challenges faced by myofunctional therapists and how to overcome them
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement in the field
  • Integration of myofunctional Therapy into dental and medical practices

Making a career transition to myofunctional therapy requires a combination of dedication, hard work, and a passion for helping others. Irene's journey serves as an inspiration to all dental professionals who are looking to expand their skills and make a difference in the lives of their patients long-term. Remember, Lips together, teeth slightly apart, breathing through the nose and stick that tongue just behind those front teeth. 

Mentioned Resources:

Kat's Wine- The Wine Op -> https://www.thewineop.com/

Irene's Dental office: Toothlifestudio.ca or https://www.instagram.com/toothlife/
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Irene: @Toothlife.Irene

Tooth or Dare Podcast: @Toothordare.podcast

Floss and Flip-Flops with the Sanders sisters features hosts dental hygienist and speaker Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, and podiatrist Dr Elizabeth Sanders, DPM. Together, the sisters discuss the oral-systemic link and its impact—from your teeth down to your toes. The podcast is produced monthly by Dental Products Report® and Modern Hygienist®, in partnership with The Sanders sisters.

For additional content for dental professionals visit DPR and MH at dentalproductsreport.com.

Katrina Sanders, RDH, can be reached at:



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