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The Tongue is for Life: Oral Restrictions and their Impact on Breastfeeding and Throughout the Lifetime

by Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CME
  • Learning Format: Live Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

It is widely accepted that the teeth and jaws are at the mercy of the muscles of the lips, cheeks, and tongue, and that soft tissue dysfunction, or aberrant swallowing (and breathing) patterns are the major cause of malocclusion. Therefore, any factor leading to either soft tissue dysfunction or breathing dysfunction may therefore lead to malocclusion. Tongue Tie is just one of those factors. Essentially, the introduction of anything leading to aberrant swallowing patterns, poor posture, or dysfunctional breathing such as mouth breathing which also affects tongue posture will impact upon the incidence of malocclusion. This has implications for breastfeeding as well as throughout the lifetime due to the variety of compensations that may occur, either by the mother, or the infant, or both. Infant muscular compensations will have a knock-on effect throughout life. This presentation will look at how the tongue shapes oral and maxillofacial development and how tongue dysfunction not only affects breastfeeding, but also contributes to many challenges beyond infancy.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Gain an insight into the tongue’s role beyond feeding in infancy;

Objective 2: Describe the links between malocclusion, snoring and sleep apnoea;

Objective 3: List what options there are for treatment of tongue and lip restrictions (ties).

Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks