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Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional TherapyWe use Myofunctional Therapy to properly correct the function of your tongue and facial muscles when at rest, when chewing, and when swallowing.

In short, Myofunctional Therapy is used to treat patients through a series of custom, easy, and painless exercises to teach you to breath properly through your nose, create a lip seal, and to chew and swallow in the correct manner. If practiced consistently you can achieve a smile that is healthy with a properly aligned facial structure. If the program is followed carefully, it can even prevent children from needing orthodontic care.

If you think about how much you swallow a day (between 500-1000 times a day), you can easily understand why doing so properly is essential to your health, and failure to do so can create a myriad of health concerns. However, the resting position of your tongue is also more of a problem because it is constantly in that position.

We use a myofunctional therapist, Linda M. Turner, as adjunctive therapy to assist in getting the best outcome for the patient. Some of the syndromes orofacial myofunctional therapy treats and helps correct:

  • Airway Obstruction (that is not caused by overlarge tonsils or adenoids)
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Tongue Thrust
  • TMJD
  • Thumb/Finger Sucking
  • Orthodontic Relapse
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Lisp or Speech Impediments
  • Long Face Syndrome
  • Facial Grimace
  • Clenching and Grinding
  • Chronic Fatigue

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