Habits that are harmful contribute to malocclusions and poor skeletal development. The earlier these habits are addressed the better the outcome will be for the developing child. The cause behind some of the habits is not always obvious. Examples of this can be swallowing or breathing dysfunctions.
Diagnosis of these habits can be a difficult thing to determine without certain technologies. We use Rhinomanometry, surface EMG with diagnostic testing software, and a dental CT (cone beam) as diagnostic tools to help us identify the habits (see Technology section). We can then treat the harmful habits with dental appliances in conjunction with exercises and biofeedback. This has been developed through our interaction with the Florida Dento-Facial Study Club (FDFSC) led by Dr. Carl Gugino. We are continuing to work with other professionals around the country and from Japan in defining and refining protocols and training methods. This is the direct result of instruction from Dr. Gugino, Dr, Robert Grove, Dr. Ivan Dus and the Bioprogressive Study Club of Japan.
Our registered dental assistant, Laurie, is the therapist educated in these protocols. She received her training through the FDFSC and Dr. Jim Farrage of Loma Linda University Department of Orthodontics in California.