Importance of Tongue Posture Q&A
You already know the fundamentals of dental health and the common services a dentist offers, but there’s a lot you may not know and want to know, and we get a lot of questions here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center. We’ll tell you a bit about dentofacial orthopedics, the importance of tongue posture, and believe it or not, sleep apnea too! You’ll almost certainly learn something new, so let’s jump into it. Call us for more information. We have convenient locations to serve you in Dallas TX, and Fort Worth TX.
Table of Contents:
What are tongue posture and mouth breathing?
How can tongue posture and mouth breathing alter your face shape?
What are tongue-tie releases for adults and children?
What are the benefits of tongue-tie releases, and does Beyond Dental offer the treatments?
How can posture and forward head posture relate to your tongue and mouth breathing?
What is airway-focused dentistry – airway and breathing?
What are dental-facial orthotropics and interceptive early orthodontics?
What are myofunctional therapy and tongue-tie revision/frenectomy?
What are the benefits of nasal breathing?
What are sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy?
Tongue posture is about the proper positioning of the tongue in your mouth. Yes, there’s actually a right way and a wrong way to rest your tongue (the ideal position is pressed against the roof of your mouth), but you don’t necessarily have to think about it to do it; you might just have to stop breathing through your mouth! Mouth breathing is a common cause of tongue posture problems. If you or your child struggles with mouth breathing, there may be a treatment a dentist can provide, like wearing a simple oral appliance.
You really should consider having mouth breathing and poor tongue posture treated, and here’s one major reason why: when you breathe through your mouth, the muscles in the cheeks work harder and become taut, which can place significant force on the jaw. As a result, eventually, dental arches and the shape of the face can narrow.
Tongue-tie can prevent healthy tongue posture and affect a child’s oral development. There are other potential complications too. This is why it’s important to treat tongue-tie, and there are two treatments available: frenotomy and frenuloplasty. Either procedure can fix tongue tie for a healthier tongue posture.
There are lots of benefits of tongue-tie releases, such as healthier tongue posture, less neck and shoulder tension, better breathing, better sleep, a healthier smile, easier swallowing, and more! Here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we offer both frenotomy and frenuloplasty tongue-tie release treatments.
A lot of young people and many older people struggle with posture and forward head posture, sometimes because these people spend so much time on their cell phones or computers. However, cell phone or computer use isn’t necessarily the only factor in postural problems.
If a person’s tongue is resting on the bottom of their mouth, they’re much more likely to have a forward head posture and postural problems. Correcting mouth breathing can fix poor tongue posture in some cases, while in other cases, it may be necessary to correct tongue-tie.
Airway-focused dentistry is a new and interesting field of dentistry that’s focused on mouth structure and how it affects breathing. Mouth breathing during sleep, poor tongue position, and related issues are very relevant to a dentist in this field, and so is preventing sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to serious health problems. Often, sleep apnea is caused by poor tongue position or a related issue.
Orthotropics is the science of guiding facial and jaw growth! The face can change negatively due to poor posture, but orthotropic treatment can prevent changes and treat poor posture. With interceptive early orthodontics, teeth eruption can be guided and abnormal bites can be corrected before such issues become major. Typically, a simple fixed or removable appliance is used with interceptive early orthodontics.
Myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based treatment that involves tongue placement, breathing, and more. Its purpose is to retrain muscles and help a patient obtain a healthy resting position of their tongue and jaw. We provide this therapy here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center along with other treatments like tongue-tie revision/frenectomy. This procedure is a treatment for tongue-tie. It’s a modification or cutting off the binding tissue involved in tongue tie.
There are lots of benefits, like how it may reduce the likelihood of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Also, mouth breathing can cause bad breath, dry out the tongue, lead to tooth decay, cause postural problems, increase the risk of abnormal facial structure, and cause other problems. Nasal breathing can prevent such issues.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be very serious, as it can lead to life-threatening health issues like heart disease. Sleep apnea is often treated with CPAP therapy which requires the use of a CPAP machine, but oral appliance therapy is quite often the better treatment, as it can correct the position of the jaw and tongue to prevent the conditions that cause sleep apnea in the first place. We also provide oral appliance therapy here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center!
Well, there you have it! Some common questions and answers about dental health and the services we offer here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center. If you’d like to learn more about anything we’ve mentioned, reach out to us in either Dallas or Fort Worth, TX. Call us at the clinic location nearest you. We serve patients from Dallas TX, Fort Worth TX, Cockrell Hill TX, Mesquite TX, Highland Park TX, Forest Hill TX, Saginaw TX, and White Settlement TX.
We hope you found our Q and A helpful, and that we get to speak with you soon!
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