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Myofunctional Therapy

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Keeping everything working together

To keep your body working at its best at all times all your muscles and need to work together in harmony. However, when there’s a problem in one area of the body it can cause a problem in another.

Orofacial therapy is used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used for chewing, talking and swallowing.

Although we don’t give it any consideration as it’s just a natural function, correct swallowing depends on a proper relationship between your face muscles, mouth and throat. To swallow properly, muscles and nerves in the tongue, cheeks and throat must work together.

When a person swallows normally, the tip of the tongue presses firmly against the roof of the mouth or hard palate, located slightly behind the front teeth. The tongue acts in concert with all the other muscles involved in swallowing. The hard palate absorbs the force created by the tongue.

A person will swallow 500-1000 times a day, so it’s easy to see how improper swallowing could cause a variety of problems. Although it’s the resting position of the tongue that is the causes the most damage as it’s more constant.

Dr Jack Yang and the team at Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills can assess your swallowing function, facial muscles and tongue when it’s at rest and prescribe a range of therapies to correct any issues. To schedule an appointment with Dr Yang, call us on (02) 9838 9111. Our practice is easy to get to and is located at 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153.

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