The Bully (Not the Teeth)

Picture the typical bullied child. What do you see? Glasses? An odd haircut and unfashionable clothes? Awkward posture? How about their teeth? A study published last fall in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that teeth were the number one physical feature targeted by bullies – more than physique, hair, clothes or […]

The Importance of Breast Feeding on Dental-Facial Development & Health

Lately, so much of the talk about breastfeeding these days seems to center on the mother’s right to breastfeed in certain public spaces – as with this recently viral video. But as important as those conversations are, we shouldn’t lose sight of another critical factor: the best interests of the child. For the benefits of […]

Putting an End to Thumb-Sucking

Actually, surgery is more like a last resort – and then, only in certain, specific cases. Most times, an open bite caused by thumb-sucking or similar oral habit can be corrected through a combination of myofunctional therapy and dental orthopedics (orthodontics). “Myo” is especially helpful in that it helps stop the thumb-sucking and retrains the […]

Dental Devices to Stop Snoring: Neither Here Snore There?

Ever wonder why people snore? When we sleep, our muscles relax – including the tissues of the airway lining and the tongue, which can fall back and partly block the airway. When this happens, the attempt to keep breathing creates the snore. This tends to be more of a problem for older people (since we […]

How You Swallow Affects How You Look

Amazingly, something as simple as how you swallow can have a big impact on dental and facial development. Here’s what a normal swallow looks like:     And here’s a common pattern called “reverse swallow”:     How does this play out in real life?       Of course, the trainer used in the […]

Mouth Breathing: Nothing to Laugh At

“Mouth breather” is an insult that’s been around for years as a way of calling someone stupid. But mouth breathing itself is a dental and medical concern – whether a habit developed from poor orofacial function or from allergies or sinus problems, swollen adenoids or tonsils, or other issues that can make breathing difficult. In […]