Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy Twinsburg, Ohio

Did you know that each person swallows 500-1000 times a day? Because of that, our tongues have to hit just the right spot to form good swallowing habits. When this happens, our tongue has good “posture” and it provides a healthy environment for restful sleep and proper growth of the teeth and jaws. Most people don’t give swallowing a second thought. However, for children who are still growing, proper tongue posture plays a significant role in speech patterns, airway development and your child’s overall health.

WHAT IS MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

Myofunctional therapy is an evidence-based treatment for children who have an imbalance in the muscles and function of their oral cavity. Think of it as physical therapy for your face and tongue! Ultimately, myofunctional therapy stabilizes the relationship between the tongue, lips, teeth, and jaws. At its core, it works to strengthen orofacial muscles and train the tongue to rest in its proper position (aka “the spot”), so your child breathes, chews, speaks and swallows at optimal levels. To do this, a trained myofunctional therapist teaches and leads your child through simple, but consistent exercises to strengthen the targeted muscles. 

The goals of myofunctional therapy are for your child to ultimately breathe through their nose with their lips sealed.

WOULD MY CHILD BENEFIT FROM MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

If you can answer yes to any of the following, your child might be a great candidate!

Food Aversions

Speech and Language Concerns

Difficulty Sleeping

Increase in Cavities

Mouth Breathing

teeth

Since much of the myofunctional therapy has to do with strengthening and retraining your child’s facial muscles, early intervention and identification is ideal. However, even if your child is older and has possibly suffered for years (read Preston’s story), we still encourage you to see if your child would benefit from myofunctional therapy! Our trained myofunctional therapists are available to answer any questions, provide a comprehensive assessment, and make treatment recommendations and plans. Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel are accepting new patients under the age of 12

Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel welcome your questions about Myofunctional Therapy and your child’s oral health.

If you’re wondering if your child can benefit from Myofunctional Therapy, call and schedule a visit today. Both of our pediatric dentists are currently accepting new patients age 12 years and younger.  Even if Myofunctional Therapy treatment isn’t right for your child, our laser dentistry may be!  Learn how this virtually pain-free alternative to the traditional dental drill is another way Great Beginnings helps kids love the dentist!

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