TeachSpeech LLC

Growing healthy mouths, smiles and sounds!

Combining play with evidence based practices to create a foundation for learning, one word at a time.

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Dr Steven Lin

The mouth holds the simplest messages about your health.

Bacteria that live in the mouth become the lung microbiome. This relationship is a symbiotic system, that manages oral immunity, lung immunity, and even the transfer of oxygen in the lungs.

The lung microbiome is far more remarkable than I think anyone ever imagined. Most remarkably is that it begins in the mouth.

Your immune system begins with the oral microbiome. Bacteria that live in the nose, and mouth, create the initial barrier that stops infection of the lung.

The first sign that your oral bacteria are losing the balance between oxygen breathers and non-oxygen breathers, is bleeding gum.

When you swallow you are sending billions of bacteria that will seed the lung microbiome.

Oral bacteria actively exchange calcium in and out of teeth. Tooth decay isn’t a bacterial infection, it’s when the oral microbiome is starved of calcium and are forced to go into the enamel of teeth.

The lung microbiome shows us that bacteria participate in how your lungs take up oxygen.

And the lungs are mind-boggling complex.

Alveoli are tiny air sacs in your lungs that take up the oxygen you breathe. Well actually it’s a bit more comprehensive in that.

Although they're microscopic, alveoli are the workhorses of your respiratory system. You have about 480 million alveoli, located at the end of bronchial tubes

Lung surface area is estimated to be around a squash court. Over this area there is a large diffusion gradient.

Breathing means that oxygen concentration in the alveoli is higher than in the capillaries so oxygen moves from the alveoli to the blood.

Sitting on each of these alveolar are billions of microbes. These microbes manage respiratory factors like oxygen tension, perfusion of the sacs and the immune system.

It’s time we listen to our oral health, learn to nourish it, balance it, and understand that it interfaces us with the outside world.

Bleeding gums are the first message of oral imbalance.

​Have you experienced the lung-mouth connection?

today.com

More parents are considering home schooling next year, for real

With the unknown we are facing this fall for Loudoun County Public Schools and surrounding counties, this may become a reality for families.

today.com While some parents are praying for the return of schools, the past months have made others decide they can do it better themselves.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Influence of Mouth Breathing on the Dentofacial Growth of Children: A Cephalometric Study

"A multidisciplinary team should work to have early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, preventing the consequent disorders of chronic mouth breathing. Because upper airway obstruction is an obstacle to normal dentofacial development, mouth breathing children deserve prompt attention before growth has proceeded irreversibly. "

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov The involvement of mouth breathing, facial, and structural growth alterations, especially during childhood has been discussed in medical and dental literature. The relevance of airway obstruction and its assumed effect on facial growth continues to be ...

fatherly.com

Mouth Breathing Is a Serious Problem Parents Ignore

Mouth breathing is not something to be ignored.... especially during sleep.

fatherly.com It doesn't sound serious. It really is.

A follow-up to our most recent post on how the different types of sucking result in different craniofacial development #wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #thumbsucking #breakthehabit

Look at the changes in our client’s dentition in week 7 of our Thumbsucking Elimination Program. 👍🏻 #thumbsucking #orahabits #orofacialmyology #orofacialmyologist #loudounsmallbiz #soundmouths #anterioropenbite

Nitric Oxide plays an important role in our body and nasal breathing is the way you can access it.

Did you know that the nasal sinuses has a nutrient called nitric oxide? Long term depletion can lead to the cardiovascular plaque build-up.

Nasal breathing gives you access to this critical nutrient, while mouth breathing starves your body of it.

Nitric oxide signals to the cells in your arteries to soften and relax (vasodilation), an action that can greatly reduce blood pressure.

The best way to access nitric oxide is to breathe slowly through the nose.
Breathing heavy causes blood vessels to constrict. This is one reason why mouth breathers are tired a lot of the time. There is less delivery of O2 in mouth breathing. Normal breathing is approximately 4-6 liters/minute and 10-12 breaths per minute.

Oxygen saturation would be around 95- 98%. If you have a breathing problem you may breathe 10-15 liters/min, you may even take more breaths, but you do not have any more Oxygen.

Benefits of Nitric Oxide:

• As a vasodilator it decreases blood pressure and improves blood flow to the organs
• Anti-inflammatory action in the arteries
• Prevents blood clotting and obstructions in the arteries
• Immune defense: destruction of viruses and parasitic organisms
• Plays a role in respiration
• Enables erectile function
• Enhances memory and learning
• Protects the skin from harmful ionizing radiation
• Promotes a healthy digestive tract by regulating the secretion of digestive hormones and enzymes
• Hormonal effects: influences secretion of hormones from several glands
• Regulates bladder function
• Acts as a signaling molecule to maintain normal bodily functions Regulation of binding/ release of O2 to hemoglobin

Nitrates are compounds that play a big role in our metabolic system.
The largest source of nitrates (and therefore nitric oxide) in the human diet is vegetables. Beetroot is the best of the bunch, with most research focusing on beetroot juice.

Another exercise to access nitric oxide:

1) Take a deep belly breath, and pinch your nose.
2) Feel the pressure building in your nose, hold it for as long as you can
3) Repeat 5x aiming to increase the time you hold your breath

How did you find the exercise made your nasal sinuses feel?

[05/25/20]   A "blocked" nose can impact more than just smelling the roses. It can create a negative impact on facial growth and development, speech, swallowing, and even exercising.

Finger or thumbsucking can significantly impact both the structure and function of the mouth. #oralhabilitation #orofacialmyology #teachspeech #loudouncounty #loudoumoms #loudounsmallbiz

The differences in pattern between the two types of sucking may account for the different effects on craniofacial development. Nutritive sucking is necessary for nutrition, strengthening craniofacial muscles, and neurological development. In contrast, non-nutritive sucking (NNT), typically results in orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrusts, mouth breathing, lip sucking, etc.) (source: Silva M., Manton D., Oral Habits: The Dental Effects and Management of Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sucking, 2014) #myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #thumbsucking #dentalhabits #breakthehabits #helpingkids #loudounmyo

The Thumbsucking Clinic

Our mentor and colleague Carla from The Thumbsucking Clinic explains why finger and thumbsucking
is so addictive! Does your child need help eliminating this habit? We have our full flagship program for kids over 5 and a mini-program for our 3 and 4 year olds to gently rescue the habit. Contact us at 571 989 1190 or email [email protected]

Why is thumb and finger sucking so addictive for your child?

Our jaws are not growing how they should be....

If you look at the jaws of the children of today you see a shocking pattern.

Crooked teeth are a result of underdeveloped jaw bones.

In dental practice this has become normal. Our children today don’t develop the jaws that fit 32 human teeth.

In late adolescence we see it when wisdom teeth don’t fit. In late childhood we see it with crowded crooked teeth requiring braces.

What we are witnessing is one of the most important health trends of human history. When our jawbones don’t develop, our airways are less developed. The roof of the mouth is the floor of the nasal sinuses, and reduces the volume to breathe through.

That results in increased pressure in the airway, and can lead to obstructed breathing during sleep, or sleep apnoea. We are currently in an epidemic of people.

How prevalent would you guess sleep apnea is in the world?

Here are the figures reported in the Lancet:

"Using AASM 2012 diagnostic criteria and AHI threshold values of five or more events per h and 15 or more events per h, we estimated that 936 million (95% CI 903–970) adults aged 30–69 years (men and women) have mild to severe obstructive sleep apnoea and 425 million (399–450) adults aged 30–69 years have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea globally. The number of affected individuals was highest in China, followed by the USA, Brazil, and India.”

Over a billion people.

​Sleep apnea is now linked in the literature to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, type-II diabetes, depression, anxiety, teeth grinding, and Alzheimer's disease.

We are in a pandemic of poor craniofacial development and it’s time to wake up.

cnn.com

How to fix your sleep schedule, according to experts

There is more to poor sleep than meets the eye..it could be an airway issue.

cnn.com It's no wonder you're stressed out right now: Covid-19 has upended life as we know it and you're doing your best not to worry about what it all might mean for the future. If all of the stress is making it difficult to sleep, welcome to the insomnia club.

Need help choosing a cup?



🗣 Let’s talk cups! ⁣

🥤When do we start them? You can start any of these pictured here as early as 6 months! Disclaimer: the funtainer is heavy and may be better for a child 8-12 months of age who already has the skills to straw drink; when you’re a younger sibling you want what big sibling has even if you don’t yet have the skills for it, am I right parents? 🤪⁣

🪑 I would like to see a child sitting up, unsupported with proper core support before strapping them into a high chair and handing them a cup. This typically occurs by 5-6 months.⁣

🤱🏼 That said, we sometimes do cup feeding with younger infants who do not breast or bottle feed well. But this is managed by the adult in the feeding dyad, not the infant. ⁣

🥛 So you can use the ezpz younger (they recommend 4+ months) or the infa trainer with adult support as a mechanism to deliver breast milk or formula (earlier then 6 months) and/or water at and beyond the 6 month point. ⁣

🥛 For introducing independent cup drinking aim for 6 months.⁣

🍼 Goal: eliminate bottle by 12 months AND develop age appropriate oral motor patterns and skills for swallowing (and more!)⁣

These cups promote:⁣
✅ proper head and neck positioning for open cup and straw drinking ⁣
✅ ability to develop age appropriate oral motor skills ⁣
✅ ability for the tongue, cheeks, lips and jaw to begin working independently of each other ⁣
✅ ability for the tongue to retract to accept water⁣
✅ ability for the tongue to elevate when swallowing ⁣
✅ correct oral prep and oral phase swallowing ⁣
✅ proper oral motor development that can also benefit speech sound development ⁣

Here’s a list of do nots:⁣
🚫 use hard spouted sippy cups⁣
🚫 use any 360 cup (but if you have them don’t worry I have another post on this topic coming!)⁣
🚫 let your child walk around with a straw cup hanging out of their mouth ⁣

#feedingtherapy #fridayfeedingfun #slp #slpeeps #ot #oralmotor #orofacialdevelopment #tonguethrust #tongueforward #sippycup #opencup #strawcup #ashaigers #bshm #betterspeechandhearingmonth

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Get Help . . . Don't Wait

Mrs. Glenn, who also was a stutterer, was a tireless advocate for communication disorders. RIP

Lhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=38&v=O4qwGkRUJzI&feature=emb_logo

www.asha.org/info Annie and John Glenn share the importance of getting professional help for communication disorders in this latest public service announceme...

The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The tongue plays an important role in speech, swallow, sleep, and breathing and adequate tongue mobility is essential for optimal growth and development of the upper and lower jaws. ZaghiMD.com #TongueTieTuesdays

#Tongue #TongueTie #Frenuloplasty #orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy #myofunctionaltherapy #swallow #speech #sleep #breathing #facialdevelopment #thebreatheinstitute #wholehealth #wholefamily

The Breathe Institute

Does #OrofacialMyofunctionalTherapy work!? #MyoMondays

Learn more www.thebreatheinstitute.com

#MyofunctionalTherapy #CorrectOralRestPosture #NasalBreathing #Lipseal #Speech #CorrectSwallow #OrofacialMyofunctionalDisorders #OMD #TheBreatheInstitute #WholeHealth #WholeFamily

Improper tongue placement and/or breathing through the nose are just a few signs and symptoms of orofacial myofunctional disorders, and orofacial myofunctional therapy is offered for all ages #myomonday #myofunctionaldisorders #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #breatheright

MyoMythBusters

[COMING SOON] A sneak peek of our series in collaboration with Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York.

#wednesdaywisdom #hardworkpaysoff #betterdaysahead #success #positiveposts #loudounspeech #slp #omt

Does your child snore??

Spending Friday at the @talktoolstherapy Online conference: The Exceptional Child. #airway #tots #speech #omt

Wondering what cup is best? Great visual and info by Hallie Bulkin - Little Sprout Speech, LLC!



🗣 Let’s talk cups! ⁣

🥤When do we start them? You can start any of these pictured here as early as 6 months! Disclaimer: the funtainer is heavy and may be better for a child 8-12 months of age who already has the skills to straw drink; when you’re a younger sibling you want what big sibling has even if you don’t yet have the skills for it, am I right parents? 🤪⁣

🪑 I would like to see a child sitting up, unsupported with proper core support before strapping them into a high chair and handing them a cup. This typically occurs by 5-6 months.⁣

🤱🏼 That said, we sometimes do cup feeding with younger infants who do not breast or bottle feed well. But this is managed by the adult in the feeding dyad, not the infant. ⁣

🥛 So you can use the ezpz younger (they recommend 4+ months) or the infa trainer with adult support as a mechanism to deliver breast milk or formula (earlier then 6 months) and/or water at and beyond the 6 month point. ⁣

🥛 For introducing independent cup drinking aim for 6 months.⁣

🍼 Goal: eliminate bottle by 12 months AND develop age appropriate oral motor patterns and skills for swallowing (and more!)⁣

These cups promote:⁣
✅ proper head and neck positioning for open cup and straw drinking ⁣
✅ ability to develop age appropriate oral motor skills ⁣
✅ ability for the tongue, cheeks, lips and jaw to begin working independently of each other ⁣
✅ ability for the tongue to retract to accept water⁣
✅ ability for the tongue to elevate when swallowing ⁣
✅ correct oral prep and oral phase swallowing ⁣
✅ proper oral motor development that can also benefit speech sound development ⁣

Here’s a list of do nots:⁣
🚫 use hard spouted sippy cups⁣
🚫 use any 360 cup (but if you have them don’t worry I have another post on this topic coming!)⁣
🚫 let your child walk around with a straw cup hanging out of their mouth ⁣

#feedingtherapy #fridayfeedingfun #slp #slpeeps #ot #oralmotor #orofacialdevelopment #tonguethrust #tongueforward #sippycup #opencup #strawcup #ashaigers #bshm #betterspeechandhearingmonth

Shannon here. Get ready for some cuteness overload! Many of my teletherapy sessions start with a couple minutes of "show and share".... we share everything from pets to pokemon cards! Here are a couple recent projects my friends wanted to share this week. ❤️

What type of pacifier support muscle development? Important to know that at 6 months pacifier use should be reduced and all use eliminated by a year.

With so many types and shapes of #pacifiers to choose from, it’s important to be informed about what you’re putting in your baby’s mouth. This is the Philips Avent brand and my preferred shape for babies. Does
your baby prefer a pacifier that’s flatter, with a bulbous shape or that has “orthodontic” hook to keep it in their mouth? The reason they are easier to keep in the mouth is because they don’t require a baby to
use as many muscles. 💪🏻 It’s the muscle action that is so important! Wondering how to teach you baby to hold this one? Check out my stories for a few simple tips! Many thanks to my Geddes Therapies for
reminding me of the importance of posterior tongue elevation to protect babies airway. Check out her insta & facebook – she’s so smart!
#bestpacifier #baby #bottlefeeding #breastfeeding #speechdevelopement #pediatricfeeding
#feedingdisorders #parenting #babyparent #infant #feedbaby #slp #slp2b

About Our Practice:

We are a therapist-owned, private practice that provides speech, language and myofunctional therapy to children and adults in Loudoun County, Virginia.

We believe that parents are their child’s first and best teacher, that is why we empower our parents with training and support to carry over the skills learned in the session. Home is where the magic really happens!

We believe that in this busy world, sometimes we just need to stop, take a breathe and get back to the basics. Interaction, connection and play are where it all starts.

We believe our clients thrive in therapy when they connect with their therapist.

We believe that a relationship between a client and their therapist doesn’t end at the last session. We take pride in our rapport with our families and have other programs that support in other areas of communication and health.

We believe we a team collaboration with other oral and health care professionals on your team allow us to provide the best possible care. We are not an island.

It is our privilege to be able to step alongside you or your family in the greater journey. Contact us to see how we can help!

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