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Holistic Happenings in Health & Orthodontics! 

In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD 

This month’s topics:

❓ Have your thinking cap on? It's riddle time!
📌Pinning on Pinterest? Join me!
😛 Keeping up with the Kardashians
😴 Snoring: Cute or Concerning?
🍴 Feeding Beatrice: A Story about Early Eating Habits

Have Your Thinking Cap On?
It's Riddle Time!


Q. What goes up and down but does not move? 



Pinning on Pinterest? Join me!

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Late night screen scrolling can be rewarding. A week ago, an Instagram account I follow had an unusual photo in its story. A woman in a bikini is not Sarah Hornsby’s typical type of picture. However, it worked to get me to stop and read. Guess it shows you how little I know of pop culture. It was a photo of Kourtney Kardashian.

For those who know me, seeing the name Kardashian in my blog may come as a BIG surprise. I’m not one who keeps up with celebrities. However, I understand the influence celebrities can have! That’s why I’m hopeful that those who try to keep up with the Kardasians will create the tipping point for myofunctional therapy. (The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell is a great book for those interested in the concept!)

Why did the story pop up that night? Well, Kourtney has been getting coached on myofunctional therapy (myo) from the fantastic Sarah Hornsby and The Breathe Institute. Kourtney’s online multimedia platform, Poosh, featured Kourt’s exercises among their tips and tricks.

The ultimate outcome? Myofunctional therapy becomes a household word. However, I’ll also be happy if a few more conversations get started as a result of Kourtney sharing her selfie mid myofunctional exercise.

Which exercise is she doing? Watch the YouTube video to find out! (Hint: it’s one that is simple to add to one’s selfie routine!)

For those who enjoy celeb following, I’ve rubbed elbows with those who Kourt is working with at The Breathe Institute: Sarah Hornsby and Dr. Soroush Zaghi.
(My biggest claim to fame is shaking hands with Peyton Manning 🏈)


Snoring: Cute or Concerning? 

Sick and Tired of SNORING? Do you know someone who experiences poor sleep, constant snoring or even has sleep apnea? These symptoms could signal other issues developed over time by poor breathing. Read on to learn strategies that can help reverse these problems!

Snoring happens when you are unable to move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that vibrates more easily.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea. A common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, typically occurring when throat muscles relax.


Most people do not understand why they snore. Snoring begins to develop through a common breathing habit – mouth breathing – either during the day or at night. This results in the tongue falling back and down to the floor of the mouth and where it can no longer support the airway.

Next, the beginning of the soft palate drops down into the airway. As we mouth breathe at night, the airway tube becomes floppy and the soft tissue in the back of the throat vibrates. Mouth breathing at night has been tied to snoring and even to sleep apnea. Those of you who snore may already have or are at risk for developing sleep apnea.

The “gold standard” treatment for sleep apnea is called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), which has a very low rate of compliance due to how uncomfortable it is to wear at night.


Another option is to be fitted for a mandibular advancement device that moves your jaw bone forward and away from your airway, creating additional space in the back of the throat, which may help reduce snoring.

Those two mainstream treatment options unfortunately do not really address the source of the problem. Breathing through the nose and breathing “slow and low” is the healthiest way to breathe. Heavy breathing during the day is a signal for those who snore and have sleep apnea. Those who snore tend to breathe heavily with chest and neck muscles, thus causing more tension in the head, neck and chest and resulting in additional tension and pain. The heavy breathing pattern contributes to an endless cycle of snoring, poor quality sleep and pain.

PhysioPartners Renaissance CranioFacial Group has developed a breathing retraining program that helps reduce and even eliminate snoring. Dr. Hobson and her staff teach the Buteyko breathing method, which when paired with tongue and airway retraining (called myofunctional therapy) can help break bad breathing patterns.

Dr. Hobson has been collaborating with ear, nose and throat doctors (ENTs), sleep doctors, airway dentists, speech pathologists, and neurologists through participation in airway and breathing-related conferences since 2013, which has been instrumental in the development of the treatment techniques our therapists use to treat inefficient breathing patterns and the associated symptoms.


Symptoms associated with poor airway support:
• Poor Sleep, Snoring, Fatigue, TMJ, clenching your jaw

Symptoms related to poor blood chemistry that results from poor breathing pattern:  
• Migraines
• Anxiety 
• Tension
• Energy levels
• Cold Hands and Feet

Symptoms associated with mouth breathing: 
• Ear, Nose and Throat Issues
• Swollen Adenoids or Tonsils, Gum Disease
• Crowded teeth, High narrow palate, Tongue tie
• Attention Deficit Disorders in children and adults

Symptoms of snoring effecting your digestive tract
• Acid Reflux, Gerd, Bloating and Gas

Symptoms of chest breathing and over breathing
• High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Shortness of breath
• Headaches
• Pregnancy related fatigue
• Chronic annoying cough

If you are concerned about your health and committed to improving it, we encourage you to understand snoring and the ways it can affect your body. We have an exciting opportunity to learn to transform sleep by improving your daytime and nighttime breathing. Dr. Jennifer Hobson and the staff at PhysioPartners Renaissance CranioFacial Group have been treating snoring and sleep apnea since 2013.

If you would like to sign up for Dr. Hobson's Pre-recoded breathing clinic go to: and use the promo code: breathe2021 for the 3 session bundle.

If you would like to be a part of her group Zoom breathing clinic sessions, email her as well.


Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson


Jennifer Flage Hobson is a European-trained physical therapist. She earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed Hogeschool internships in Holland and Madrid, Spain, and then concluded with a clinical residency in Advanced Orthopedics in Chicago. Dr. Hobson earned a Manual Therapy Certification, a Cranio-Facial (Rocabado) Certification, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy under the direction of the renowned New Zealand expert Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. Fluent in the Spanish language, Dr. Hobson continues to train and teach in Santiago, Chile.

Healthy from the Start
New Series with Dr. Tammy Button 


New moms have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to feeding their babies. I can relate. I was overwhelmed when my first child was born. When it came to starting solid foods, I wanted to make sure to make the right choices. My courses in holistic orthodontics discussed baby-led feeding but putting those ideas into practice was a challenge.

When my second child was born, I experienced the same feelings of being overwhelmed.  However, I reached out and got connected with resources which helped.

I’m on a mission to decrease the need for orthodontics and I want to share the fact that eating influences our children on many levels.

As I increase my efforts to educate and inform more new moms, I’m incredibly thankful for my mentors and my mother. This includes (but is not limited to):


Dr. Button graciously agreed to share her knowledge regarding how food impacts our children’s oral and overall health.

Feeding Beatrice Chapter One: 
Getting Ready to Get Ready for Solid Foods

By Dr. Tammy Gierke Button, DDS, MSD, MA
Six months goes by so quickly when you have a new baby and all of a sudden it is time to introduce solid foods. I will admit I felt completely unprepared for the introduction of solid foods. I like to have everything laid out, organized, understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. I began reading about solid food introduction while I was pregnant, but not really seriously because, well, I had over six months.

As a pediatric dentist, I know how important the first solid foods are for development of muscle control with swallowing and hand-eye coordination, development of taste and texture, for much needed nutrients, and for developing the taste palate. But I hadn’t actually prepared food for or fed a six month old. I am going to share with you my very short crash course in getting ready to get ready to introduce solid foods. 

Getting ready to get ready to introduce solid foods – is that a typo? No it isn’t! Usually around six months, babies have met the growth and development milestones to begin solid food introduction. Your pediatrician will discuss this with you so wait for their go ahead. So to get ready to get ready there are of course some issues to consider and some gear to purchase. 
  • Are you going to follow baby-led feeding principles or traditional spoon-fed purees?
    • If you have no idea what any of this means, do not panic. I am going to go into much more detail in my next post about baby led feeding. Basically, baby-led feeding is allowing your baby to feed herself from the start. It allows babies to become familiar with textures and flavors of foods more so than from a puree. It also promotes fine motor skill development because your baby will have to pick the food up from their tray and manage to get it into their mouth.
  • Where are you going to feed your baby?
  •    What bibs are you going to use?
    • We chose Bapron Baby bibs ( and my daughter who is two years old is still wearing the same bibs she started with at six months old. They are super durable, water proof, stain proof somehow, and tie around the back like an art smock. Fabulous! Can’t say enough about them!
  • What utensils are you going to use?
    • Even if you choose baby-led feeding, you will benefit from having some utensils to help with some foods. I loved the Prespoon GOOtensils (
  • What is going to be your first food?
    • This is where it gets real! Don’t get too hung up on choosing baby-led feeding or spoon-fed puree method because in reality you may do a combination of both. See how your baby responds to their first solid food and see how YOU respond as well. As much as you want to capture the first solids with a video or pictures, put down your phone and be fully present in the amazing moment. There will be plenty of time for video and pics!
Next time: The Specifics of Baby Led Feeding

About Dr. Tammy Gierke Button DDS, MSD, MA
Pediatric Dentist
Executive Director, Southshore Skipping Stones
Perinatal Oral Health Education Consultant

Dr. Button has been a pediatric dentist for over 13 years. She founded and directs Southshore Skipping Stones which is a prenatal and infant oral health education foundation. Dr. Button focuses her professional expertise on the perinatal time which is during pregnancy and the first months after a baby’s birth. This time is of great importance because of the impact mom’s oral health has on her overall health, the health of her pregnancy, and the oral health of her baby.
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