"In children, the harmful effects of mouth breathing are serious. During these formative years, the breathing helps to shape the face, teeth and airways.
Nasal breathing, with the tongue in its correct resting position, contributes to healthy growth.
Oral breathing contributes to irregular growth and poor development. Because it causes poor brain oxygenation, mouth breathing has also been linked with poor cognitive development and behavioral disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."27
Better Brain Function2
Better Memory & Information Retention2
Helps Relax. Reducing stress by lowering the harmful effects of cortisol in the body3
Better Brain Development in Kids27,28
More Attractive Features4
Prevents Long Face Syndrome4
Nicely Defined Cheekbones4
Well Developed Jawline4
Better Formed Upper Airways4
Brighter Alert Eyes4
Enhanced Core Muscle Stability6
Adequate Saliva & Fresher Breath. Less Cavities & Gum Disease7
Growth Hormone Release is Important During a Child's Growing Years and Builds, Maintains, & Repairs Tissues9
Can Help Prevent Snoring & Apnea Episodes7
Helps Prevent ADHD18,27
Nitric Oxide Intake (Only Created in the Nose)10
Immune Defense: Combats Harmful Bacteria, Viruses, & Parasitic Organisms11
Regulates Blood Pressure: is a Vasodilator11
Enhances the Lungs Capacity to Absorb Oxygen11
Maintaining Homeostasis in the Body: pH, Temperature, Ion, & Glucose Concentration12
Poorer Academics: Performing Poorly at School14
Poorer Quality of Life15
Less Attractive Features
Poorly Defined Cheekbones16
Narrow Jaw & Face16
Jaw Set Back16
Tired Eyes: Dark Circles & Unfocused16
Underdeveloped Nasal Airway16
Postural Problems: Forward Head Posture17
Spinal Disc Compression17
Dental Occlusal Problems17
Sleep Apnea: Breathing Stops While Asleep for a Varying Length of Time20
Reduced Growth Hormone Production19
Dry Mouth, Sore Throat, Headaches, Trouble Paying Attention, & Irritability20
Weakened Immune System: Reduced Number of T-Cells20
Memory Loss: Sleep Helps to Consolidate Memories20
High Blood Sugar Levels23
Deprives Body of Needed Oxygen Levels20
High Blood Pressure: Drops in Blood Oxygen Levels Strains the Cardiovascular System20
Minimal to No Nitric Oxide Intake Can Cause (In Their Later Years)10
High Blood Pressure10
Digestive Track Issues10
Abnormal Cholesterol: May have Higher LDL22
Linked to Fatty Liver Disease24
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Capable Of?
At Oral-Facial Advantage, we guide your child's growth towards a more balanced oral-facial foundation. Aiding to prevent, or soothe the many disorders you see through-out this website.
Reflexive vs. Conscious
We chew, swallow, breathe, and rest our mouths as an un-trained reflexive habit.
The Oral-Facial Advantage Program is a personalized straightforward set of exercises, scientifically designed to build new beneficial long-term muscle-memories.
At What Age Can My Child Begin Oral-Facial Muscle Therapy?
The younger the child the more flexible their physiology, and behavior.
Mature 3 to 4 year old mouth breathers can learn nasal breathing.
Mentally prepared 5 year old's can begin the Oral Habit Elimination Program.
7 to 8+ year old's can start their Oral-Facial Advantage Program.
Who is Eligible for a Free Consult?
All ages can come in for a free consult.
It is a great opportunity for your questions to be answered, and for the Orofacial Myologist to assess your child's readiness for the program.
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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
The mouth, head, and neck are a complex weave of muscles, tissues, joints, bones, blood vessels, and nerves that all need to work together for a smooth, discomfort free daily function.
Currently, we are born and grow with little direction and training in this area of our bodies. We eat the way we eat, we chew on the side that is most comfortable, we swallow whichever way gets the food down, our tongues rest wherever they rest, we breathe the easier way, and we have repetitive habits that soothe our stress that can involve our faces and mouths.
All of these reflexive habits can create abnormalities in your child's oral and facial structures, and since they have been doing them throughout their youthful growth, their bones and muscles have molded around these untrained habits, potentially creating ingrained disorders in their later years.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists specialize and only focus on the muscles and tissues throughout the tongue, jaw, face, head, and neck. Weekly exercises are given that either tone or relax these muscles and tissues aligning them to your child's center. Working from their foundation up. Progressively resetting years of habits. Most children will complete the program within the year and yet their new symmetry could last their lifetime.
A Stanford University Systematic Review revealed the lasting beneficial effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in a wide cohort:
“Current literature demonstrates that orofacial myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Improvements to snoring and daytime sleepiness. Shown effective in children and adults of all ages studied thus far; youngest patient 3 yrs old to 60 yrs old. Therapy has an important role in preventing relapse.”48
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2Jefferson Y. Mouth breathing: adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics and behaviour. General dentist. 2010 Jan- Feb; 58 (1): 18-25.
2Surtel A, Klepacz R, Wysokińska-Miszczuk J. Wpływ toru oddechowego na jamę ustną. The influence of breathing mode on the oral cavity. Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2015 Dec;39(234):405-7. Polish. PMID: 26802697.
3Steffen, Patrick R et al. “The Impact of Resonance Frequency Breathing on Measures of Heart Rate Variability, Blood Pressure, and Mood.” Frontiers in public health vol. 5 222. 25 Aug. 2017, doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00222