Jamie Carlson, RDH, Orofacial Myologist

Serving St. Anthony, MN and Surrounding areas

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Myofunctional Therapy

Tongue and Lip Ties

What is Tongue and lip Ties Tongue Tie (restriction) or Ankyloglossia is present at birth and usually goes undetected. It is the connective tissue attaching from the floor of the mouth to the tongue which can lead to tongue restrictions. The connective tissue is called “Frenulum”. The image below shows ...

Tongue and Lip Ties2023-03-28T20:02:24+00:00

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Tongue Thrust

Tongue thrust appears when the tongue presses forward too far in the mouth, resulting in an abnormal orthodontic condition called an “open bite.” The condition is most common in children. It has a myriad of causes, including: poor swallowing habits allergies tongue-tie Possible Causes: Thumb sucking, nail biting, object chewing, ...

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Tongue Thrust2023-03-28T20:07:16+00:00

Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ/TMJD in Children

For many of us, the first signs of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) show up well into adulthood. Numerous studies have shown the older a person becomes, the higher their chances are of developing TMJ pain and other temporomandibular joint disorders. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t occur in childhood. The American ...

Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ/TMJD in Children2023-03-28T20:10:42+00:00

Orfacial Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ pain

What is TMJ? TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. The TMJs connect your lower jawbone to your skull and assist in movements like chewing and speaking. Symptoms Ears- ear pain, ...

Orfacial Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ pain2023-03-28T20:32:35+00:00

Sleep Disordered Breathing

What is Sleep Disordered Breathing Sleep-related breathing disorders (SDB) is the abnormal and difficult respiration during sleep, ranging from chronic snoring to sleep apnoea. What is Snoring Snoring is the vibration of the uvula, soft palate and pharynx in the airway during sleep. During sleep muscle ...

Sleep Disordered Breathing2023-03-28T20:34:05+00:00

Orofacial Myology and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects not only adults but some children as well. Sleep Apnea is a medical condition where you repeatedly stop and start breathing while you sleep. There are several types of sleep apnea, but by-far the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This type of apnea occurs ...

Orofacial Myology and Sleep Apnea2023-03-28T20:49:53+00:00

Orofacial Myology and Short Upper Lip

A short upper lip may be defined as an inability to close the lips without strain. There is no normal lip seal. Short upper lips may lead to protrusion of the teeth by reducing the restraining pressure acting on the teeth from the outside Myofunctional Therapy for a short upper ...

Orofacial Myology and Short Upper Lip2023-03-28T20:38:12+00:00

Orofacial Myology and Open Bite and Cross Bite

Open bite and cross bite can be evaluated early. Changes that are non-invasive can be accomplished in a few short months. An open bite is a malocclusion (bite problem) where the top teeth and bottom teeth do not come together or bite in the correct position. There is no overlap ...

Orofacial Myology and Open Bite and Cross Bite2023-03-28T20:39:07+00:00

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Nail Biting

Habits that are acquired over a lifetime can sometimes produce frustration. Research shows that human beings’ ability to develop habits begins even before birth. About half of all kids and teens bite their nails. Many don’t grow out of it, either. If you’re an adult who bites your nails, you ...

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Nail Biting2023-03-28T20:41:00+00:00

Orfacial Myofunctional Therapy and Children Finger and Thumb Sucking

Babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can cause them to put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths — sometimes even before birth. Finger and thumb sucking makes babies feel secure, some babies might eventually develop a habit of thumb sucking when they’re in need of soothing or ...

Orfacial Myofunctional Therapy and Children Finger and Thumb Sucking2023-03-28T20:43:05+00:00