4 Goals of Myofunctional Therapy
Nasal breathing: breathing through the nose is the way we are meant to breathe! Our nose filters, warms, and adds moisture to the air entering the lungs. Healthy nitric oxide (improves oxygenation) is also released into the body when we breathe through the nose
Proper lip seal: Our lips should rest naturally and comfortably together. When your mouth is closed, you sleep better at night and have a lower risk for cavities and gum disease.
Tongue posture: The tongue is meant to fill up the entire roof of the mouth. When it does, it provides an internal support structure for the upper jaw. If your tongue is in the right place, your teeth will grow in straighter and your face will develop properly. The tongue plays an amazing role in our facial appearance.
Swallowing pattern: If your tongue pushes forward when you swallow, you have a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. This makes you more likely to swallow small amounts of air when you eat and drink, and you may experience digestive issues such as acid reflux, stomach pain, gas, and bloating. A tongue thrust also creates orthodontic occlusion problems.