Myofunctional Therapy

Did you know that a person swallows 500-1000 times a day? So improper swallowing can cause a variety of problems. For correct swallowing to happen, the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat must be working in tandem. Myofunctional therapy is a program of exercises designed to activate and strengthen certain muscles so that they can function properly.

Why Myofunctional Therapy?

When patients have good oral resting posture, both form and function of the tongue and airway passages are healthy. But when the rest posture is altered, muscle function and craniofacial growth are impacted. Myofunctional therapy involves teaching the muscles to rest again in proper alignment and balance. A healthy oral resting posture includes:
The tongue on the palate.
Sealed lips.
Nasal breathing.

Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

Patients who undergo myofunctional therapy improve both the function of their face, mouth, and throat while enhancing their cosmetic appearance and confidence as well. Our patients regain ease and joy in:

  • Eating
  • Speaking
  • Breathing
  • Sleeping

If you or your child has difficulty with from one of the following, you or your child may have an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) — a disorder of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Facial skeletal growth and development
  • Chewing
  • Swallowing
  • Speech
  • Occlusion
  • Temporomandibular joint movement
  • Oral hygiene
  • Stability of orthodontic treatment
  • Facial esthetics

At Stamm Dental Wellness, we believe that everyone — both children and adults — who suffers from an OMD deserves to be educated and treated. Myofunctional therapy is performed by our certified myofunctional therapist and Chiropractor Dr. Chrissy Stamm-Christian. Dr. Stamm-Christian works with a team of our in-house dental professionals to ensure that our patients’ needs are fully addressed and handled in the best way possible. We believe that a comprehensive approach results in the most successful treatment.