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Developing Good Habits

Usually, around the 6-month mark of an infant’s life they begin to get curious about what other people are eating.  This is an ideal time to introduce safe, non-choking-hazard foods and chew toys that infants can use for exercise.

Just like any muscle, the tongue, face, and jaw muscles need regular exercise to grow properly. Increased chewing produces more saliva and releases digestive enzymes while stimulation increases muscle tone and control. 

Eating wholesome, non-processed foods aids in better chewing, and eating habits. Eating and chewing well promotes jaw development and strength. Proper chewing has lifelong benefits as we transition from childhood to adulthood.


Benefits of Chewing

  • Works your tongue, face and jaw muscles

  • Stimulates the brain

  • Releases saliva

  • Better digestion

  • Reduces stress on esophagus

  • Less pain, bloating, reflux and constipation

  • Facilitates drainage of the sinuses, eustachian tubes

  • Eat slower and less


Upgrade your eating

At Breathing Essentials Myofunctional Therapy, we want to help people discover new tastes of wholesome foods. Your taste buds will explode with new found tongue movement and chewing abilities. Chewing exercises are for all ages. We can incorporate the simple act of non food chewing into your daily schedule.

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