Treatment for Lip Sucking, Tongue Thrusting, and Thumb Sucking in Bullard
Most people do not think much about the muscles that control breathing and swallowing, but these are actually very complex functions. If something is not right with the function between these muscles, issues like nasal breathing, swallowing, tongue placement, chewing, and speaking can develop. Fortunately, a solution can be found with myofunctional therapy -- a neuromuscular treatment that uses specific exercises to target these specific areas. Keep reading to find out more from the expert in this therapy.
What Does Myofunctional Therapy Entail?
If Dr. Morgan determines that you or your child are suited for myofunctional therapy as a result of issues swallowing, breathing, sleeping, or with tongue thrusting or lip biting, he will first thoroughly examine the oral anatomy and then target specific areas for exercise. By strengthening certain muscles, he can help the body slowly untrain itself from these habits which can eventually affect digestion, breathing, and have other larger implications for oral and overall health.
Why Is Myofunctional Therapy Important?
Myofunctional therapy aids in the proper function of breathing and digestion. Problems here can impact everything from the way the stomach processes certain foods to the shape of the face and an altered appearance. In children, these issues are particularly serious because they affect their proper growth and overall development. Malnutrition and poor facial/dental development can occur without proper oral function.
What Myofunctional Therapy Can Help
- Mouth breathing: This habit can lead to a host of issues caused by oxygen deprivation. Studies show that the human body actually absorbs up to 20% more oxygen when air is breathed in through the nose -- and so mouth breathing also places people at a higher risk of hyperventilating, having headaches, suffering tooth issues, and more. Children who breathe through the mouth are also more likely to suffer growth problems and weak academic performance.
- Tongue-tie: A common issue for babies, this is when there is an extra piece of tissue connecting the tongue to the lower jaw. Tongue-tie can result in difficulty swallowing, breastfeeding, and eating. If left untreated, tongue-tie can result in delayed speech and poor development.
- Lip sucking/ tongue thrusting in Bullard: These actions are common in children, and they may not just be habits -- when they are caused by poor muscular development or placement, myofunctional therapy can help. Lip sucking and tongue thrusting can lead to poor dental development that may require significant, complex orthodontic treatment in later years.
Discuss Myofunctional Therapy with an Expert
If you are dealing with the impacts of poor oral functioning, Dr. Tad Morgan specializes in myofunctional therapy. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the office to discuss this therapy for thumb sucking in Bullard and much more. Request an appointment today!