The Link Between Imperfect Bites and Muscle Function

by | Oct 27, 2019 | Guides | 0 comments

Did you have braces or tooth extractions as a child?

Are you concerned your child’s teeth may be heading in the same direction?

Many people have had uncomfortable experiences with braces and treatments as a child. It is now estimated that 80% of children have an imperfect bite or malocclusion. Malocclusion does not just mean crooked teeth, but the way the whole mouth and jaw fit together.

Good occlusion helps the jaw and teeth develop properly. This growth is also influenced by a number of factors including – breathing, chewing, diet and eating habits.

Dentists and Allied health professionals can help improve facial growth during treatment; the Munchee is a fantastic tool to support their work.

The Munchee may assist in correcting malocclusion by restoring the function of muscles that promote jaw growth. Chewing the Munchee helps restore balance to the bones, muscles and joints that form the developing jaw.

A Munchee will help to stimulate and activate the muscles of the neck/face and jaw.

When the Munchee is placed in the mouth and the lips are closed, this puts the jaws into an ideal position. The child begins to chew up, down and side-to-side. In this position, the muscles are more effective at moving the jaw. By chewing, the muscles and joints work together to drive bone growth – just like other growing bones in the body.

Bones respond and grow according to the
loads placed upon them. So for growing jaw
bones, chewing and balancing your muscle function is

Signs and symptoms of imperfect bite

– Tongue thrusting through teeth during swallowing

– Teeth are unaligned or appear twisted

– Child breathes through their mouth during the day and/or night

– “Long face” syndrome or appearance

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