Signs & Symptoms2020-06-18T13:38:21+00:00

Signs & Symptoms

Researching myofunctional therapy can be overwhelming! There is so much information available and it’s challenging to know where to start. That’s where I come in! Success in myofunctional therapy is not only about just doing the exercises recommended. It is crucial to get to the root of the symptoms as well as dedicating time to the exercises and awareness of habits. Below you will find more information based on many of the symptoms that my patients face daily and how myofunctional therapy can help! If you want to learn more, contact me for a free assessment.

Treating Tongue Tie with Myofunctional Therapy

Team Approach to Tongue Ties Tongue-ties are being talked about more and more every day. More often than not my patients reach out to me through their own research of their symptoms and know they need a great team to help them! Awareness has been a huge factor in this topic becoming mainstream. Over the past few years, I have found that only a multidisciplinary approach is truly effective at addressing and treating tongue-ties. No [...]

Posterior Tongue Tie

What is a Posterior Tongue-Tie? A posterior-tongue tie is a restriction that may be less obvious to people who aren’t trained to look at function and symptoms of a tongue-tie. I’ve been seeing these types of ties more often in my practice over the past few years. Did you know there are two types of tongue-ties? Anterior tongue ties are the more obvious of the two types. It’s easily diagnosed because can see it right [...]

Myofunctional Therapy & the Frenectomy Procedure

What is a Frenectomy? The tongue-tie release procedure is usually called a frenectomy but there are other names that you may have heard it called. A frenotomy/frenulotomy is a minor incision into the connective tissue at the bottom of the tongue to free the tongue from the floor of the mouth. This is usually done for babies. The full frenectomy procedure is also known as a frenulectomy or frenuloplasty or functional frenuloplasty. This involves [...]

Speech Problems

Myofunctional Therapy vs. Speech Therapy It’s important to address that myofunctional therapy and speech therapy are not the same thing. Just as dental hygienists aren’t trained in myofunctional therapy as part of their formal education, neither are speech pathologists. However, myofunctional therapy exercises can be considered a foundational treatment when approaching speech problems. From the myofunctional perspective, if the muscles and tongue are not working properly, children can struggle to produce certain sounds. [...]

Facial Growth & Appearance

Facial Growth & Appearance Breathing through your mouth can actually change the shape of your face and alter your appearance. This is especially true for children because they are still growing. Children whose mouth breathing is not corrected may suffer from abnormal facial and dental development. Symptoms of untreated mouth breathing include long, narrow faces and mouths, less defined cheekbones, small lower jaws, and weak chins. Other facial symptoms include gummy smiles and crooked teeth. [...]

Jaw Pain

Myofunctional Therapy & Jaw Pain Jaw Pain, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), can be related to many different factors including, but not limited to: mouth breathing, clenching, grinding, dental crowding, chewing on one side of the mouth, nail biting, or even postural habits like resting your hand on your chin. TMD can also contribute to headaches and neck/should tension and pain. The tongue contributes to stabilizing the jaw. If it isn’t function the way [...]

Mouth Breathing

What is Mouth Breathing? Mouths are designed for eating, chewing, ingestion, and communication whereas the nose is meant for breathing. When we can’t get enough air through the nose, the mouth begins to take over. This in turn forces us to breathe through the mouth out of necessity and if not corrected can be a life-long habit that can cause health problems. Mouth breathing and having an open mouth are identified as basically [...]

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Braces & Myofunctional Therapy

Orthodontists Evaluate More than Just Your Teeth Did you know that your braces wont' be as effective if mouth breathing isn't addressed? Mouth breathing, the tongue, and your bite are just a few factors they take into consideration. Mouth breathing can affect the position of your teeth and your bite. When the mouth is open, the lips are weak and there’s no external support for the teeth. The tongue simultaneously pushes forward, progressively [...]

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Tongue Thrust

Do I Have a Tongue Thrust? When the tongue rests low in the mouth, it must push forward to swallow – this is called a tongue thrust. A tongue thrust and mouth breathing always go hand in hand – so if you’re mouth breathing, you also have a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. You should not see the tongue while talking or while eating. During chewing, the tongue should be going up to the spot [...]

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Tongue Tie

What is a Tongue-Tie? Do you snore? Clench or grind your teeth? Do you get headaches? Jaw Pain? What about migraines? Is it hard to say certain words? Difficulties with ADHD or ADD? Overall body tension? Breathe through your mouth? You could be tongue-tied. A tongue-tie involves the string of tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of the mouth. This string of tissue is called a frenum and everyone has one. For [...]

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