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Assess your facial resting posture and swallow. What's your facial symmetry?

Identify your tongue placement and swallowing habits.

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As you are reading this, ask yourself:

  • Where is my tongue?
  • Is it low and forward against my teeth?
  • Is it up in the palate?
  • Am I clenching my teeth? Do I have any jaw pain?
  • Am I breathing through your mouth? Are my lips closed?

During a normal dental rest position or posture, the tongue is positioned up in the palate, not between or agains the teeth. The lips should be gently closed and the the breathing is through the nose. There should be a small pen space about 2-3 mm between the upper and lower back teeth known as the dental freeway space. This position promotes a healthy environment for growth and the development of the facial muscles and bones.

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Now try swallowing:

  • Did your tongue push forward against your teeth?
  • Was your tongue up in in your palate?
  • Did you need to close your lips tightly?
  • Were your lips pursed, or did you make a facial grimace?
  • Were you biting on your back teeth?

For a normal swallow, the tongue pushes against the roof of the mouth (palate) with the tip behind the upper front teeth – not between or touching the teeth. The back teeth are generally closed or biting and the lips should be together. And during an abnormal swallowing pattern, the tongue pushes forward and/or sideways against or between the teeth. This is known as a Tongue Thrust Swallow.

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Are you tongue or lip Tied

  • Does your tongue form a point? Without touching your teeth or lip?
  • Can it reach beyond your lip?
  • Does it seem to form a heart-shape?
  • Is your lip too long or too short? Do you have a stiff upper lip?
  • Can you open wide and show all your teeth?
  • Can it touch the SPOT behind the front teeth when the mouth is wide open? if not, you may have a short lingual frenum. In some cases a frenectomy is necessary

Ankyloglossia or Tongue-tie usually shows signs of these symptoms. The tissue that goes from the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (Lingual Frenum) is too short or tight to allow the tongue to rest up in the palate. Hence, the tongue habitually lies low and forward, and it can also lead to sleep apnea and sleep issues.

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Are you ready to make that phone call?

Now might be the time to seriously consider an evaluation to find out how these symptoms may be effecting you and your health.

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Basic full face proportions

The symmetry of your face tells a lot about your oral facial posture, your breathing and your OMD’s. Do you have a long face, mid-face deficiency, eyes balanced?

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If you are dealing with any of these symptoms:

Are you having trouble breathing or swallowing? Is your tongue protruding through your teeth? Are you getting tension headaches or jaw pain? Do have trouble digesting or bloating or burping after eating? Do you have trouble sleeping at night, snore or have sleep apnea? Does your child have ADD or ADHD? 

Many of these symptoms can be treated through Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Call for a consultation today.

I definitely feel a lot more relaxed. I don’t have that tension that I had before. I haven’t had a single headache since. Usually I wake up with a bunch of pain, but I haven’t even had that… I used to get pain on the back of my neck  when I wake up and had to put tennis balls there to relieve the pain, but I haven’t had to do that. 

Jessica

Myofunctional Therapy

With Oral Facial Health Care, you can reduce the occurrence of discomfort associated with migraine pressure tension headaches, jaw or neck pain or other painful symptoms of OMD. 

We offer a 10-point evaluation and customized therapies based on holistic, natural healing methods. 

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