This is a great research article sent to us by myofunctional & speech therapist, Kimberly White.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease is often times poorly managed. Research has shown a correlation between malocclusion, tongue thrust, and parafunctional habits contribution towards the progression of periodontal disease – which can contribute to orofacial dysfunctional disorders. Thankfully these disorders can be resolved or managed with myofunctional therapy; and incorporating a myofunctional screening during the periodontal screening can help achieve optimal patient outcomes.
When there is consistent pressure of the soft tissue of the oral cavity, it can negatively impact the dentition and craniofacial growth. Low, forward tongue posture, mouth breathing, and tongue thrust swallowing has harmful effects on the transverse growth of the palate and anterior growth of the mandible.
The first line of offense in remediation of tongue thrust and malocclusion is usually orthodontic appliances. However, if not paired with myofunctional therapy, often times these appliances can result in relapse.