Myofunctional Therapy For Clear, Healthy Breathing

At Admira, we’re focused on the fact that oral health issues are often tied more directly to a number of other, more systemic problems with wellness than many of our guests realize. Proper breathing, correct chewing, and proper tongue positioning are all key components to a healthy oral function, and myofunctional therapy is an easy and effective way to encourage all three—especially in younger children, which can help to avoid a number of frustrating oral issues further on down the line.

When you’re ready to learn more about how the expert team at Admira Dental can guide you through a myofunctional therapy regimen and help you enjoy proper oral health, a member of our team is here and ready to help you set up your consultation. Simply reach out to our Jacksonville office and set up your appointment to get started.

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What Exactly is Myofuncational Therapy?

Believe it or not, the position of your tongue, teeth, and jaw when you breathe, speak, and eat plays an important role in your overall health. Proper breathing and oral function go a long way towards helping you avoid a number of other uncomfortable issues, making myofunctional therapy a great way to avoid problems like:

  • Tongue Tie
  • Headaches
  • Pain related to TMD
  • Upper airway resistance syndrome
  • Neck aches
  • Facial pain
  • Mental fog
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Misdiagnosed autism and speech-related issues

Why Is Mouth Breathing Bad?

It’s easy enough to simply assume that breathing through your mouth is just no big deal. If it’s such a problem, why do we do it so easily? The truth actually lies in the impressively complex natural filtration system that exists in your nose, which gets put to work filtering out harmful agents when you breathe throughout the day.

When breathing through your nose, your nasal cavity gets the chance to “purify” the air as it passes through. When breathing through your mouth, this filtration system is bypassed, and the tissues in your adenoids and tonsils have to step up and do the heavy lifting. This can cause them to become overgrown, making nasal breathing even more difficult.

Eventually, this can create a kind of feedback loop wherein you are continuously breathing out of your mouth, which eventually can have serious negative impacts on the shape and development of your upper jaw due to improper positioning of your tongue. Eventually, this can lead to the development of an “open bite,” which requires orthodontic correction.

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How Myofunctional Therapy Can Help

Myofunctional therapy can help to guide you to a place where you are exhibiting proper oral function when chewing, breathing, and swallowing. The name might sound a bit complicated, but the actual treatment is surprisingly simple. Based on your specific myofunctional situation, we’ll create a series of easy and painless exercises. Over time, these exercises will help to train the muscles in your mouth and face to work properly.

Myofunctional therapy is also great for children, as it can help to avoid malformation of the upper jaw, and promote lifelong healthy habits that will ensure proper oral development. The exercises are done twice a day, for about five to 10 minutes at a time, and most therapy programs last for about 12 months. To learn more about how myofunctional therapy can benefit you, reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

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Helping You Discover Beauty, Health, and Balance

The Admira Dentistry team is excited to help you take your first steps to a more comfortable way of life, and we're here to support you in any way that we can as you get ready to enjoy beauty, health, and balance. We offer a wide range of methods by which you can address a number of dental issues, in a spa-like atmosphere that you'll find welcoming and relaxing. When you're ready to learn more about what we can do for you, reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team.

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Why Choose Dr. Sixto for Myofunctional Therapy?

Dr. Julio Sixto is a highly trained, experienced dentist who specializes in TMD treatments with advanced techniques and therapies, including Myofunctional Therapy. Dr. Sixto designs patient treatments based on a comprehensive assessment of the function and physicality of the mouth, jaw, teeth, and other factors, and his expert ability to align the mouth, jaw and teeth position properly. Dr. Sixto is a warm professional who makes the patient experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. He has continued his education and training far beyond the requirement and has earned a fellow status with both the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global).

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