We use it to communicate, nourish our body, and connect with others. Yet it can also unwind the health and behavior of children when misused. Our mouths are an invitation into the body, that when left open and unchecked permit open destruction that is difficult to resolve. I've been there with sick and tired children,… Continue reading Mouth Breathing Wrecks Kids: A Parent To Parent Warning
The tonsils are huge, the snoring persistent, and the teeth are misaligned so you need this appliance that costs a small fortune...oh and I also need you to get bodywork and myofunctional therapy for another small fortune outside of this office. This may sound familiar and ring a well-meaning bell in your mind that keeps… Continue reading Overwhelmed Over Possible Outcomes: Confirmation Bias in Airway Dentistry
I am on my knees on my office floor attempting to maintain some composure while I type this. Today I will beg of you to not simply take the word of your dentist because they are a dentist. When it comes to airway dentistry many dentists know about as much as I know about rocket… Continue reading Dentist Said WHAT?!
The nose is the ultimate natural tool for breathing. Designed perfectly to filter, warm, and optimize the air we breathe in. Though we were also given a mouth, a fine substitute to be used in temporary situations, in terms of breathing, it is nothing compared to the nose. In fact, when in prolonged use for… Continue reading How to Stop Mouth Breathing
I have previously addressed the most common questions regarding myofunctional therapy in individual blog posts, such as: How much does myofunctional therapy cost?Why do I need myofunctional therapy?What do I need to do once I learn I have an Airway Centered Disorder or Sleep Disordered Breathing? However, there are many questions I am often asked… Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions About Myofunctional Therapy
It took 10 years and a pediatric dentist for me to realize that I was a terrible mother. I fell into the trap of taking the pediatrician at her word. She said they would grow out of these problems, she advised medication for years before I regretfully succumbed, and she said it was all normal.… Continue reading My kids were ignored, heed my warning: Don’t let doctors ignore yours
The frequent congestion, ear/throat infections, poor sleep, tongue thrust and mouth-breathing has become intolerable. Your dental or medical professional has informed you about myofunctional therapy as a treatment to provide you with some relief...now what? I've been there. You just heard about this random therapy that seems to have come out of nowhere, your head… Continue reading Do You Need Myofunctional Therapy: The Definitive Assessments
I distinctly remember the first time my dental provider pointed out to me that my child had a tongue tie. It was unexpected, overwhelming and immediately followed up with fast explanations of why it mattered. The possible implications and mental standouts of symptoms she currently had made me want to take immediate action. Yet, the… Continue reading Is Airway Health A Privilege?
The nasal passage needs daily care just as the rest of your body does, yet it is often neglected. Here are 4 steps to take to ensure you show some love to the primary respiratory feature of the head. Clear the path Make sure you blow the nose and empty the sinus as much as… Continue reading Daily Nasal Hygiene: Tips to Keep Air Flowing For Less Nose Blowing
So you had what you thought was going to be a routine dental or medical evaluation and your provider has just informed you that you and/or your child has a breathing or airway issue. You are understandably confused and possibly have been given too much information about a problem you never knew existed. You have… Continue reading An airway issue has been identified…now what?