Deep Breathing can change the way you feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. Deep breathing releases anxiety in stressful situations such as work, busy schedules, and dental visits. Southwest Myofunctional Therapy offers you the tool of deep breathing as an extension of caring about your overall well-being. Benefits of deep breathing include:  Relaxation Improved ability to manage stress. Improved ability to […]

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Goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy The goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) are to improve nasal breathing, ensure proper tongue posture, maintain swallowing patterns and attain a healthy lip seal by retraining and strengthening the muscles of the face, lips, tongue and jaw. It is a non-invasive, exercise-based therapy and one of the best ways to correct orofacial myofunctional disorders.  […]

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Myofunctional Therapy for Children Myofunctional Therapy for children because the first steps are the most important.  Imagine building a skyscraper on an unstable foundation or starting a garden without first preparing the soil.  A bad start seriously affects the later work.  But if it’s a good, solid start everything that follows is natural and easy. The same holds true for oral […]

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Benefits of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) The benefits of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) are many faceted.  If you are among the millions who suffer from sleep apnea, bruxism, TMJ, malocclusion or any number of disorders and are looking for treatment, you may have stumbled across the term Myofunctional Therapy.  The broad goals of OMT are to modify behaviors, stop parafunctional […]

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Orofacial Myofunctional Exercises Orafacial Myofunctional exercises are designed to help strengthen the extrinsic and intrinsic muscles of the check and tongue, including those around the mouth and lips.  Specific tongue exercises will improve how a person can swallow with the end goal being to train the tongue to move upwards in a wave-like motion, connecting with the palate, while keeping […]

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This post is the fifth in a series on tongue thrust and how myofunctional therapy can help treat it. If you haven’t read parts 1-4 yet, I recommend you do before continuing. Diagnosing and treating tongue thrust with myofunctional therapy The consequences of tongue thrust are far reaching and can be quite serious. Fortunately, the majority of these cases can […]

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This post is the fourth in a series on tongue thrust and how myofunctional therapy can help treat it. If you haven’t read parts 1-3 yet, I recommend you do before continuing. Symptoms of tongue thrust (continued) Furthermore, all of the air flowing through the mouths of mouth breathers causes their saliva to dry. As saliva dries it becomes more […]

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This post is the third in a series on tongue thrust and how myofunctional therapy can help treat it. If you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 yet, I recommend you do before continuing. Symptoms of tongue thrust Regardless of the type of thrust, the symptoms are largely the same. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of tongue thrust […]

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This post is the second in a series on tongue thrust and how myofunctional therapy can help treat it. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing. Types of open bite and their presentation (continued) Anterior thrust – this type of open bite is characterized by extreme protrusion of the upper incisors, with the lower […]

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In our previous series, we looked at how myofunctional therapy can help treat a number of the most common orofacial myofunctional disorders, or OMDs. Next, we’ll take a deep dive into just one of those common OMDs – tongue thrust. We’ll discuss what it is, how it works, the symptoms and negative outcomes it causes, and how a myofunctional therapist […]

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