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Myofunctional Therapy Palmdale, CA
Myofunctional therapy is an exercise training program for the muscles of the tongue, lips, and cheeks. It is also referred to as Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT), and this treatment is both for adults and children. The goal of Myofunctional therapy is to support the development the facial structure, with proper tongue placement, lip seal, and nasal breathing.
Improper facial development and insufficient nasal breathing causes mouth breathing. The result is flawed adaptation of muscles and functions, creating orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). Because these disorders can affect your everyday life, our team at Exceptional Dentistry has received special training so that we can offer myofunctional therapy in Palmdale, California. We want you to have an energized, healthy life! Please contact us at (661) 349-7725 and reserve your visit.
THE Symptoms of OMDs
Most OMDs begin with an airway that does not work properly or with breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Common symptoms for adults include:
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing (taking longer to eat)
- Difficulty digesting food
- Chronic stomachaches
- Crooked and/or crowded teeth
- Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene
- Speech disorders and difficulty speaking
- Malocclusion (bad bites)
- TMJ disorders
- Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Poor posture
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
Children can also have the above listed symptoms in addition to:
- Bed wetting
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Behavioral problems (ADHD)
- Poor habits such as thumb sucking
With myofunctional therapy, you can speak properly, breathe better, eat comfortably and even sleep more soundly.
How MyoFunctional Therapy Works
If you are diagnosed with an OMD, our dentist can begin you on the proper therapy needed to restore your energy and comfort.
Each treatment plan is based on the patient’s individual condition and needs. We will work with you to establish proper tongue position, lip seal, and nasal breathing through specific exercises.
We’ve found that a multi-disciplinary approach ensures that all of your needs are properly addressed. As such, we may combine your treatment with orthodontics for long-lasting benefits.
Why Is Breathing Properly So Important?
Breathing properly is of paramount importance for several compelling reasons:
Oxygenation: Proper breathing ensures efficient oxygenation of the body. Oxygen is vital for cellular metabolism, energy production, and the optimal functioning of organs and systems. When you breathe properly, oxygen-rich air reaches your lungs, where it enters the bloodstream and gets delivered to every cell, promoting vitality and overall health.
Stress and Relaxation: Conscious deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, triggering a relaxation response. By slowing down and deepening your breath, you can reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, promoting a state of calmness and improved mental well-being.
Energy and Vitality: Efficient breathing supplies the body with an optimal amount of oxygen, leading to increased energy levels and vitality. Proper breathing techniques enhance oxygen uptake, supporting physical performance, stamina, and endurance, whether you’re engaged in sports, exercise, or daily activities.
Sleep Quality: Breathing irregularities, such as snoring or sleep apnea, can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to daytime fatigue. By addressing and improving airway health, you can enhance sleep quality, ensuring better rest and rejuvenation.
Cognitive Function: The brain requires a significant amount of oxygen to function optimally. Proper breathing enhances oxygen flow to the brain, improving focus, concentration, and cognitive abilities. It can boost mental clarity, memory, and overall brain performance.
Posture and Core Strength: Proper breathing engages the diaphragm, a key muscle responsible for respiration. Activating the diaphragm strengthens the core muscles, supporting better posture, spinal alignment, and stability. It can also alleviate certain musculoskeletal issues related to poor breathing habits.
Emotional Well-being: Breath is intimately connected to emotions. Conscious breathing techniques can help regulate emotions, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of inner peace and emotional balance. Deep, controlled breaths can enhance self-awareness and mindfulness, allowing you to manage and navigate emotions more effectively.
Immune Function: Adequate oxygenation supports a robust immune system. Oxygen is crucial for white blood cell activity, which helps the body defend against pathogens and maintain overall immune health.
In summary, breathing properly is essential for optimal oxygenation, stress reduction, increased energy, better sleep, cognitive function, posture, emotional well-being, and immune support. By cultivating a habit of mindful and efficient breathing, you can unlock numerous benefits and enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling life.