Myofunctional Therapy & Buteyko Breathing

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry prides itself on being the only dental office on the central coast of California whose team includes a certified myofunctional therapist and Buteyko breathing educator. Jean Shimizu, one of our dental hygienists, specializes in both of these therapies.

What is myofunctional therapy?

In short, myofunctional therapy is a series of painless and easy exercises to work the mouth and tongue, correcting function of the tongue and facial muscles both when at rest and when swallowing. If a person swallows improperly, this can cause a variety of health problems, especially when considering that the average individual swallows as many as 600 to 1,000 times every day. The improper resting position of the mouth and tongue can also result in mouth breathing. The resting position of the tongue and a correct swallowing pattern are both vital to overall oral health.

Myofunctional therapy and Buteyko breathing are both key treatment options for mouth breathing.

Why is mouth breathing bad?

In addition to being a less efficient way for the body to absorb oxygen, mouth breathing can worsen certain pre-existing medical conditions such as sinusitis, certain skin diseases, GI problems, or malignant tumors. Recently, the findings of pediatric research indicate that children who breathe regularly through the mouth are more likely to develop malocclusion (bad bite).

Mouth breathing while asleep can be a precursor to the development of a sleep breathing disorder which disrupts rest and causes fatigue, irritability, and lack of focus. Sleep apnea is a common sleep-breathing disorder affecting many Americans, even children. Sleep apnea also increases a person’s risk of developing major health issues like heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure.

In children, sleep-breathing disorders can be a precursor to childhood obesity, and present symptoms of ADHD.

How can myofunctional therapy help treat mouth breathing?

Myofunctional therapy encourages the widening of the airway and fosters the ability to breathe through the nose rather than the mouth.

The Buteyko Breathing Method

The Buteyko Breathing Method is a holistic, pharmaceutical-free way of eliminating the harmful effects of over-breathing.  Asthma, anxiety, poor sleep, irritable bowel, and shortness of breath are just a few of the many symptoms of over-breathing.  Great for children and adults alike, Buteyko Breathing can not only alleviate these problems, but also improve athletic performance.

Ready to find out more about myofunctional therapy or Buteyko breathing? Then contact the Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry office in Scotts Valley, CA, at (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.