What is Myofunctional Therapy?
We like to think of myofunctional therapy as exercise for your mouth or taking your face to the gym! It helps with proper tongue placement, tongue positioning, swallowing, chewing.
Form follows Function
If we have poor function (mouthbreathing, reverse swallow, low tongue posture), then we will have poor form (crowded teeth, small airway, narrow palate, ect).
Who can benefit from myofunctional therapy? The following patients that exhibit
- Habits (thumb, finger sucking)
- Irregular chewing, swallowing
- Mouth breathers
- People with low tongue posture (possibly oral restriction present)
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep disordered breathing
- Speech and articulation
- Oral dysfunction
Current literature demonstrates that myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Myofunctional therapy could serve as an adjunct to other obstructive sleep apnea treatments.
“Myofunctional Therapy in a box”
We start kids on myomunchee to help take their face to the gym! Here are some of the benefits of myomunchee:
Teeth, tongue, and gums
- Increase salivary flow
- Helps clean teeth
- Improves gum health
- Can help improve swallow pattern
Jaw and Bite
- Improve chewing patterns
- Increase jaw strength
- Tone of jaw and bite muescles
- Integrate chewing practice with other treatments
Lips, breath, and face
- Dribbling, drooling and mouth breathing
- Oral motor issues
- Improves lip muscle tone
- Helps messy eaters practice chewing
See myomunchee.com for more information.
For more information regarding myofunctional therapy, see the following websites: