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Symptoms

Do these Signs and Symptoms Look Familiar?

Do you recognize these?

Not due to allergies or nasal congestion.

Snoring? Drooling? Waking up tired?

Tongue thrust? Low forward tongue posture? Tongue-tie? Lip-tie?

Caused by prolonged sucking habits such as thumbs, fingers, pacifier, lips, nail biting, etc?

Constant dry or chapped lips? Habitual open mouth posture? lip licking?

Tongue is visually forward during eating, drinking, speech or at rest.

Due to improper tongue placement or tongue seal.

Obvious tightening of lips and/or facial tension when swallowing.

Due to improper swallowing. Bloating? Burping? Hiccups?

Thumbsucking before and after treatment

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Lip sucking before and after treatment

Children who suck their thumbs frequently or with great intensity after the age of four of five or those who continue to suck prior to or during he eruption of the permanent teeth are at a greater risk for dental and/or speech problems. The longer the thumb sucking continues the more likely orthodontic treatment or braces will be needed to correct any resulting dental problems.

Thumb sucking and Other Habits

Thumb sucking, finger sucking and othre sucking gabits after the age of FIVE is just a havit. Nothing more, nothing lessl However, the physiological effects can cause a loo self-esteem, speech problems, embarrassment from being teased, and frustration between parent and child. Other forms of sucking and habits that are unhealthy include nail biting, chewing on a sleeve or other object and sucking or biting on their arm.

Prolonged non-nutritive Sucking

Habits may cause a child to develop dental problems and even disfigurement and scarring of the fingers being sucked.

Thumb/Finger/Pacifier and Bottle Sucking

Can cause a child's teeth to become improperly aligned and/or push the teeth outward (crossbite, malocclusion. an important role of the tongue is to mold the shape and width of the hard palate (roof of mouth).

Excessive Sucking

Can promote a low forward jaw position or a protrusion of the lower jaw. Problems in speech and swallowing can result die to the low muscle tone and poor tongue posture.

Certified Orofacial Myologists are trained to perfom Habit Elinination Therapy

Habit Elimination Therapy uses positive behavioral modification techniques. These techniques make therapy easy, rewarding and fun. There are no negative appliances in the mouth and the therapy usually consists of 3-4 session. Most important, it boosts your child’s self-esteem.

teeth grinding or clenching

Bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding of teeth, the clenching of jaws or lock jaw that and often happens during sleep or stressful situations.

Periodic grinding of your jaw can cause serious oral health problems including excessive wear of the tooth and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).

Primary causes of bruxism are stress and anxiety.  Once it becomes a habit, it can be hard to stop.

With Mild Bruxism, most patients recognize they are clenching or grinding and it typically happens at night. Symptoms include cheek and lip biting, hypersensitive teeth, some enamel wear, and clicking or locking of the temporomandibular joints.

With more Advanced Bruxism, most patients have serious jaw disorders, headaches and more extreme enamel loss or fracturing of the teeth.

Becoming more aware of your habits and suing exercises designed for reducing or eliminating. bruxism, you can take control of your clenching and grinding. Awareness assessments help you to address both the root cause and steps to prevent you from continued grinding. Myofunctional Therapy can be an effective way to tailor a plan specific to your needs to normalize the jaw muscle and joints, as well as other muscles along the side of the head.

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