Myofunctional therapy is a program designed to train the muscles around the face, mouth, and tongue. Through the program, children can reduce certain issues with breathing, eating, or speaking.
Dr. Maddy Goodman and Dr. Heather Sholander often refer patients to this form of treatment if they notice certain issues in children. Keep reading this short blog post to discover everything you need to know about Myofunctional therapy and how it works!
Myofunctional therapy can help address some abnormal movement patterns of the face or mouth, which can be caused by:
The exercises used are designed to re-train the muscles, nerves, and brain on how to properly move. Often, it can be an effective strategy to treat:
Signs that your child may need this type of therapy can include:
It's possible your child will outgrow some of these issues on their own. However, it’s sometimes necessary to give them a bit more support and help them learn how to properly utilize their facial muscles and mouth.
Dr. Maddy Goodman and Dr. Heather Sholander can identify many of these situations in a regular pediatric appointment, and refer the little one to a Myofunctional therapist who may be able to assist.
Think of Myofunctional therapy as physical therapy for the face. It’s provided by a trained professional who evaluates the child’s condition and creates a custom treatment plan designed to retrain the child’s muscles and improve their function.
The treatment will depend on the condition of the child, but some exercises used can include:
Myofunctional therapy is not painful or dangerous for the child. It’s only meant to help them learn how to use their muscles properly!
Dr. Maddy Goodman and Dr. Heather Sholander are ready to see your child for an appointment and make sure their teeth grow happy and healthy.
Book a consultation at Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics online to learn whether your child may need Myofunctional therapy.