Nasal Breathing 101

Miami and Coral Gables, FL Breathing, it may seem like something simple, a no-brainer if you will, but it’s not. Many people are “mouth breathers,” which means they are breathing incorrectly, and it is affecting their oral health and their body. Nasal breathing helps keep your oral health in check and promotes optimal overall health. Why are you a mouth breather? People often breath through their mouth during bouts of congestion or as a result of allergies. However, some mouth breathers do so because of their anatomy such as a tongue-tie or lip-tie, deviated septum, or other myofunctional disorders of …

Bad Habits Start as Babies

bad habits start as babies

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is a disorder of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. Originating from insufficient nasal or oral breathing, an OMD develops when the muscles and orofacial functions adapt to that disordered breathing pattern. Swallowing can be affected significantly by an OMD. The act of swallowing relies on a precise balance of the face, mouth and throat. Muscles and nerves in the tongue, cheeks and throat must work together in harmony for proper swallowing to occur. An OMD can also cause problems in some of these areas: Dental Incorrect …

What is Causing Your Nagging Headaches?

where do migraines start

Miami and Coral Gables, FL Headaches can be a pain in the neck, or head rather. Did you know that a nagging headache could actually be stemming from your oral health? If you suffer from frequent headaches, especially those of migraine-like intensity, consult both your physician and your dentist because the treatment could begin with your mouth. The jaws, head, and neck have many nerves and muscles that are intertwined. In fact, the most prominent nerve of the head, the trigeminal nerve, connects from the lower jaw to the head, and into the spinal cord. When headaches or toothaches occur, …

What is Causing That Gap Between Your Child’s Front Teeth

what is causing that gap in your childs front teeth

Miami and Coral Gables, FL Have you noticed a gap between your child’s upper front teeth? Also known as maxillary midline diastema, an upper lip-tie is present in more than 50 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. The most common medical treatment for a lip-tie is a frenectomy, which is a surgical procedure that releases the restriction. Although these gaps between the front teeth can and sometimes do resolve without surgical intervention, taking the “wait and see” approach leaves your child at risk for a variety of behavioral and developmental problems that can stem from …

Prenatal Care, Don’t Forget Your Mouth

prenatal care dont forget your mouth

Miami and Coral Gables, FL One of the most important aspects of prenatal care is to practice good oral hygiene. Did you know that your dental health directly impacts the health of your unborn baby? Studies have linked poor oral health to causing pre-term births and low birth weight. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant here is what you need to know to protect the health of yourself and your unborn baby. Oral health and pregnancy During pregnancy, your body undergoes many hormonal changes, and these changes affect your oral health. Some expectant mothers experience more dental …