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Close the Lips!


It is always personal, your interest, getting healthy, or for your children! My son is the reason I became an orofacial myofunctional therapist. Dr William Hang discussed airway issues, snoring, mouth breathing, drinking loudly, texture food aversions, it was as if he was describing my son. Now I see it as I look back at his pictures as an infant. Low tongue position, in many pictures!

He never had trouble latching or being breast fed. No tethered oral tissue, no lip or tongue ties. His tongue preferred resting position low in his mouth.

As a dental hygienist never did I look at the tongue, cheek, and lips as I do now!

Every single patient I see I am evaluating for tongue position at rest, swallowing, oral habits, snoring, healthy sleep. All of these have a huge role on overall health that, if left unidentified and treated, will evolve into larger health issues.

My son was 15 when I realized it was his tongue position that made him snore. My husband and I thought, he needs his tonsils removed, then he won't snore and his airway will be open. We were so wrong and I am so glad he wasn't considered "bad enough" for the surgeon to proceed with what we asked. He would snore, stop breathing, gasp for air during his sleep.

If I never found a way to resolve his unhealthy habits where would he be a decade or two from now? On a CPAP machine, high risk for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Weight Gain, Acid Reflux, Asthma. (https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/sleep-apnea-conditions#1) None of those sound like a healthy option I want for my son. You don't get a CPAP machine when your 50 years old, but you are building the need for it slowly, daily, having sleep disorder breathing leads to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

I am so grateful orofacial myofunctional therapy helped my son! He no longer snores, drinking liquids quietly is a work in progress, his lips are together more often and he no longer has those dark circles under his eyes. To say orofacial myofunctional therapy was a life changer is an understatement!

Let me Help You Be A Healthier You! Contact me today for your free 30 minute Assessment to see of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is what you or your loved ones need to be healthy!