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Assess your facial resting posture and swallow.

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?
  • Are my lips closed?
  • Am I clenching my teeth?
  • Am I sucking on my thumb, fingers or lip or other objects?

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 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?

During 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. 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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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