Why Haven’t I Heard of Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy has become progressively more recognized over the course of the past 40 years. However, in many areas of the United States and around the world, it’s still not very well known or understood.

This is because most dentists, pediatricians, orthodontists, and ENTs do not fully understand the field because most were simply never trained in it as part of their medical or dental education. The same goes for dental hygienists! Myofunctional therapy is a specialty that providers are able to pursue on their own if they so choose which is happening as more people become increasingly interested in the whole body approach to healthcare.

Many leaders in the field are working hard to educate healthcare providers and the general public alike. This will allow more patients to experience the benefit of such a simple, yet life-changing treatment.

Universities across the globe are now conducting research and incorporating myofunctional therapy into their dental and medical curriculums. In recent years, studies have been conducted in Brazil, Italy, Australia, and the United States linking the benefits of myofunctional therapy exercises in treating:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder and general jaw pain
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Dental Health