What age should I bring my child in for treatment?
Children can be assessed at any age. Depending on their OMD, they can start treatment as babies. It is important children have lateral movement of their tongue, lip seal, they can breathe through their nose and they are chewing on both sides of their mouth. Teaching children to chew correctly with their lips together and breathing through their nose at the same time is of paramount importance for growth and development.
Is it important to breathe through my nose?
Yes as a child nasal breathing ensures optimal growth of the palate (roof of mouth). Nasal breathing helps to warm and moisten the air. It also helps to stop foreign particles entering the lungs. Children who mouth breathe have poor postures, their mouth is open, their head and shoulders are forward and at times they look like they are hunched over. Nasal breathing allows the correct exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Nasal breathing ensures diaphragm breathing.
When is it best to start the thumb sucking program?
5 years of age and older. There are different reasons why a child sucks their thumb. Some need to suck to help self soothe, others need it to help express their emotions and there are other more complicated reasons.
Am I too old to have treatment?
Any age will benefit from Orofacial Myology therapy. Correct muscle function and tone is important for optimal health and comfort. My oldest patient is 75 years of age.
Can I go off my CPAP machine?
No. Orofacial Myology therapy is adjunctive therapy that improves muscle function and tone often improving your breathing during sleep however your sleep specialist will inform you if and when you can stop Cpap therapy.
My child always has her mouth open and her tongue is forward. Is this something you can treat?
Yes, correcting where your tongue rest posture is part of Orofacial Myology therapy.
Where should my tongue rest when relaxed?
Your tongue should rest on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth however not resting on the teeth. If you were to say the word “door” where your tongue hits is where your tongue should be resting.