At Lower Columbia Oral Health, Dr. Sam Wise offers myofunctional therapy in Longview, Washington. This therapy helps improve the function of your tongue and facial muscles for movements such as talking, chewing, breathing and swallowing. Learn more below and contact our dental office at (360) 636-3400 to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced dentist.
Our dentist may recommend myofunctional therapy to correct the function of your tongue and facial muscles. This treatment is designed to improve your ability to perform daily actions such as breathing, chewing and swallowing so that you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle and better oral functions.
Myofunctional therapy works to improve your health and function through a series of easy, painless exercises customized to your individual needs. These exercises help you to breathe properly through your nose, chew and swallow correctly, and create a lip seal. Myofunctional therapy can also help oral and skeletal growth and development when provided to children so that they can develop properly and avoid many dental and orofacial problems in the future. When the myofunctional exercises are practiced regularly, they can help you achieve a healthy and properly aligned smile and facial structure.
Myofunctional therapy is most commonly used to correct issues such as:
- Airway obstruction (sleep apnea)
- Mouth breathing
- Tongue thrusting or other abnormal tongue positions
- Thumb and finger sucking
- TMJ disorders
- Orthodontic relapse
- Forward head posture
- Lisps and other speech impediments
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
- Chronic fatigue
- Long face syndrome
- Facial grimace
If you have any questions about myofunctional therapy and want to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, contact our office today and speak with a member of our team.