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March 15, 2018

The nasomaxillary complex, the mandible, and sleep-disordered breathing.

Kim JH1, Guilleminault C.

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study aims to use clinical scales in a standardized fashion in evaluating the frequency of a high and narrow hard palate and/or small...

March 15, 2018

Part I:  Your Ultimate Guide to Kid’s Dental Development

If there’s one big change happening in the dental industry, we are learning that dental problems begin earlier and earlier in life.

Kids’ teeth today, are much different to our grandparents. A lot has changed in th...

March 15, 2018

Clinical recognition of mouth breathers by orthodontists: A preliminary study.

Costa JG, et al. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2017.

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INTRODUCTION: A routine diagnosis of a patient's breathing status performed by an orthodontist normally include...

February 21, 2018

Background

Partial ankyloglossia is a limitation which restricts the possibility of protrusion and elevation of the tip of the tongue due to the shortness of either the lingual frenulum or the genioglossus muscles or both. The principal objective of this paper is to pre...

February 21, 2018

INTRODUCTION

Several medical and surgical treatment modalities exist as treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).1–3 Four patho-physiological traits seen in patients with OSA are: the passive critical closing pressure of the upper airway (Pcrit), arousal threshold, l...

November 10, 2017

When medical providers and parents hear the phrase “tongue tie”, they most commonly picture a tight anterior tongue tie, where the tip of the tongue is tacked down to the floor of the mouth. I have previously described the difference between anterior and posterior tong...

November 10, 2017

Babies have the innate need to suck. It’s a reflex they are born with. Non-nutritive sucking (NNS) refers to a sucking behavior that does not provide any nutritional benefit. So nursing and bottle-feeding are nutritive, while thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, and pacifier...

November 10, 2017

The jaws grow and develop as a result of even pressure from the lips, cheeks and tongue. Any disruption in this equilibrium can result in not only facial and skeletal changes, but also changes in airway health. 

Infant airways are divided into three parts: the...

November 10, 2017

Babies, toddlers, and older children can develop feeding difficulties—ranging from general picky eating to severe feeding disorders—for a variety of reasons. As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding challenges in children, I peer into a lot of little...

November 10, 2017

First comes breast or bottle, then sippy cup, right? Not so fast. Experts report you may want to just skip the sippy cup for your baby. Surpisingly, sippies weren't designed as a tool for feeding development, but were invented years ago by a dad who just wanted to keep...

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Hope Fernicola, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified Orofacial Myologist

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TeamHope Speech & Pediatric Therapy Center
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