Simply stated, myofunctional training is a type of physical therapy that focuses on the facial muscles and soft tissues of the face and neck, including the tongue. The goal is to train these muscles to behave as they were intended for optimal orofacial posture. The result is improved teeth and jaw alignment, improved breathing,improved speech, better overall function of the mouth and nose, and better health in general
When children develop improper orofacial posture, it can affect their health in various ways as they grow, including:
- Inadequate facial skeletal development
- Difficulties chewing and swallowing
- Speech impediment
- Misaligned jaw and teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Persistent oral health issues
Myofunctional training is essential before and after a frenectomy or functional frenuloplasty to train the tongue to function optimally now that it is able to move more freely and naturally. Your child will be unaccustomed to having unrestricted movement of their tongue, and myofunctional training will help them learn how to control their tongue and use it properly for improved speech, correct chewing and swallowing, and better sleep.
Learn more about the benefits of myofunctional training for your child by contacting our office to schedule a consultation with one of our trusted doctors.