Holistic Happenings in Orthodontics!
In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD
This month’s topics:
- Health Tip: Self Care is Must Care!
- New Self Care Sessions: Take 3 for Me
- Face Yoga with Bre Grzych
- Spotlight on Myo with Anne Marie Pasternock
- Breastfeeding & Tooth Decay by Dr. Tammy Gierke Button
- How Do You Define Success? by IBCLC Diane Gora
- Be Green While Saving Green
Health Tip: Self Care is Must Care!
It isn't selfish, it's necessary.
Whether this is in regard to adapting to working remotely, hosting e-learning at the kitchen table, learning how to shop contactless, or creating new holiday traditions, the primary importance is just moving ahead, making even small steps.
Be proud of the many little things you complete daily that help move you and your family forward. (Yes, even those days when showering wasn’t a high priority and the PJs stayed on all day.)
Be patient with yourself.
Taking care of yourself doesn’t always involve “doing.” Self care can also be as simple as setting positive affirmations or a daily mantra.
For more information, read "The Importance of Self Care in Difficult Times."
New Self Care Sessions:
Take 3 For Me on Facebook
Ever have an idea and just know it MUST happen, but you’re unsure how to do it? Well, that’s how it was with Face Yoga.
My unexpected introduction to Face Yoga was almost 3 years ago. Immediately, I realized Face Yoga and myofunctional therapy shared similar attributes, such as:
- Focus on nasal breathing
- Attention to relaxation of some muscles in order to activate others
- Promotion of symmetry
I wanted to offer some Face Yoga for the parents of my patients. Since all my patients are referred to myofunctional therapy, it seemed like an incredible bridge between the two. However, I didn’t know anyone offering this service.
Fast forward…I was revamping my website and I told Laura, “I want to offer Face Yoga. I’m not sure how, but we’re going to put it out there. It’s been TOO long. I will figure this out.” Laura was thrilled!
About a week later, I was talking with Bre Grzych during my acupuncture session. (Yes, we know I should be relaxing BUT learning from her and sharing with her IS a form of relaxation for me. 😊)
When I mentioned Face Yoga, she told me that she started her own daily practice while combating the effects of chemo. She too recognized the similarities between the goals of Face Yoga and myofunctional therapy. That’s how things got started!
From our many discussions on stress reduction, self care and now Face Yoga, we formed a fun, free and supportive program called Take 3 for Me (T3FM) on the FaceBook group Connections Made in Harmony.
T3FM is our way of connecting and creating a community. Join us!
Face Yoga with Bre Grzych
Everywhere you look, there are ads promoting anti-aging miracles. You can find an entire aisle at Target with all of the best anti-aging lotions and potions designed to smooth your skin and erase wrinkles. And let’s not forget about all of the treatment services from facial peels to injections to even cosmetic surgery all designed to make you look 10 years younger.
But what if you didn’t have to go through such extremes to look your best?
If you would prefer to hit the gym to improve the physique of your body with exercise rather than surgery, then why can’t you do the same for your face? And does it really need to be anti-aging? There’s nothing wrong with aging; it’s a privilege denied to many.
Why not take an approach that is pro-aging!?
That’s where Face Yoga comes in!
The Face Yoga philosophy is a complete, mind-body practice designed to keep your face & heart youthful and glowing.
Much like traditional styles of yoga, Face Yoga works to improve muscle tone and balance, calm the mind, and provide an overall sense of well-being.
Face Yoga can be used to help you age beautifully and gracefully or Face Yoga can be used to help correct muscle tone imbalances of the face. The exercises progress from very simple to much more advanced. You can design a routine to help brighten and balance the entire face or you can customize a routine to target your areas of concern such as tired eyes, double chin, or wrinkles in the forehead, eyes, or around the mouth.
Just like any other form of exercise, to see results with Face Yoga you must practice consistently. Face Yoga can be done nearly anywhere because it requires no additional space or equipment other than maybe a mirror. Some of these poses may make you look a bit silly if you’re doing them in public. But, if you’re caught doing these exercises, the observer will probably laugh, making you laugh, too. And isn’t laughter one of the best forms of medicine?
Much like traditional yoga, Face Yoga is more than just the exercises. The philosophy of Face Yoga incorporates the exercises, massage and acupressure, mindfulness, skin care, and nutrition.
Of course, Face Yoga will look at each of these pillars through the lens of improving the appearance of the skin and tone of the face. While many people are drawn to Face Yoga for the cosmetic benefits, when the entire philosophy of Face Yoga is embraced, the face is not the only thing to change. When a gentle, body-positive form of self care is practiced, the inner mind-body benefits far surpass the external, cosmetic changes.
Face Yoga isn’t just about looking younger, either. Much like physical therapy helps strengthen and restore proper function to muscles to the body, Face Yoga can help strengthen and restore proper function to muscles of the face. This could benefit people recovering from facial injury, stroke or palsy rehab, jaw clenching, and those looking to strengthen the muscles around the mouth to improve lip seal to help with speech, swallowing, or nasal breathing or the muscles around the eyes to help improve certain eye conditions. Of course, if you would like to try Face Yoga to help you with any of those conditions, it is imperative to seek the support of a trained medical professional.
So whether you are looking to improve facial muscle symmetry, age more gracefully, or just explore a fun, new form of self care, Face Yoga just might be what you are looking for. And remember, taking the time to care for ourselves ensures that the beauty in our heart is reflected in the beauty of our face.
A few Face Yoga tips:
- Splash your face with cold water daily to tighten the pores.
- Apply face toner, creams, or lotions in an upward direction to create lift.
- Tapping around the eyes or over the entire face, starting at the forehead and working down towards the collarbone, is a great way to promote lymphatic drainage and decrease puffiness.
- Practice Face Yoga poses in the mirror to ensure proper form and give yourself a good laugh.
- Consistency is the key to seeing results.
- Have fun & love yourself! ❤
About Bre Grzych
Bre Grzych is a nationally board certified acupuncturist and massage therapist. Having been in practice for over a decade, she has had the opportunity to explore different treatment paradigms and techniques, as well as treat a wide variety of conditions.
She loves having the ability to blend different treatment modalities to create a truly individualized treatment plan. She has extensive continuing education in pediatric and orthopedic acupuncture, as well as medical massage.
Her role as a mother has shaped her perspective on life and health care. Everything needs to be as simple, practical, and effective as possible and natural whenever possible. When she is not in the office or a continuing education class, she can be found in her backyard enjoying her kids, dogs, chickens, and garden.
Bre can be found at Simple Wellness Collective in Crown Point. Follow her on Instagram @bregrzych.nwiacu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Myo
If you spend more than 10 minutes in my office, you will hear myofunctional therapy or "myo" discussed. For many people, myo is a new term.
To make it even more confusing, myo goes by other names as well, including:
- Orofacial myofunctional
- Facial myology
And my favorite, physical therapy for the face.
Now that we’ve determined all the different names it goes by, Anne Marie Pasternock, M.A. CF-SLP is going to discuss what myofunctional therapy actually is.
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is hard to say but not nearly as complex as it sounds.
The foundation of orofacial myology is in assessing and treating muscle function. While we care what the muscles look like, we are far more concerned with what they can do.
During an evaluation, an orofacial-myofunctional therapist (OMT) may assess the functionality of muscles in speech, swallowing, and breathing and determine a plan help these muscles work in the most efficient way possible.
In order to improve muscle function, the basic principles of motor learning are used to strengthen and isolate movements. These exercises are used to re-train the muscles and build newer, healthier habits. The concept is similar to that of physical therapy, but in this case, specific to the head and neck.
Any therapist will tell you that practice is an essential part of therapy and absolutely necessary to generalize skills.
Someone may be referred to an orofacial myofunctional therapist (OMT) if they have:
Need more information or wonder if your child could benefit from orofacial myofunctional therapy? Schedule an appointment with me or Dr. Cathy and let’s talk about it!
- A tongue tie (or other tethered oral tissues)
- A feeding or swallowing disorder
- Abnormalities of lip, jaw, or tongue positioning during swallowing, rest, or speech
About Anne Marie Pasternock, M.A. CF-SLP
Anne Marie Pasternock, M.A. CF-SLP, is a classical singer turned speech-language pathologist completing her clinical fellowship. She received her Master of Arts degree with a thesis from the University of Iowa where she achieved national recognition for her research. She currently treats children and adults for a variety of communication and swallowing disorders.
Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay
By Dr. Tammy Gierke Button
As both a pediatric dentist and a mother, I am very supportive of breastfeeding. I try to find any opportunity to support a mother whose goal is to breastfeed for as long as she feels is appropriate and is able to continue.
There are countless known growth and development wonders of human breast milk, and there continues to be new research conducted on more incredible benefits of human breast milk and breastfeeding. Recently at an American Public Health Association Virtual Annual Meeting, a study was introduced that concluded children who were exclusively breastfed for six months were less likely to have tooth decay. Wonderful news! This study focused on infants who were exclusively breastfed for six months.
Most pediatricians advise to begin the introduction of solid foods at six months. So what happens then? Is breast milk still a protective factor against tooth decay? I wish I had a simple yes or no answer, but it gets complicated.
First: how does a baby get a cavity? Tooth decay is an infectious disease caused by acid-producing bacteria that use dietary sugars (usually either from added sugars or simple carbohydrates) to make acids that break down a tooth and cause cavities. Babies are not born with the bacteria that cause cavities. They usually acquire it from their primary caregiver (usually mom) from saliva-sharing acts such as a kiss. The more cavity-causing bacteria mom has in her mouth, the more likely her baby is going to have higher amounts of cavity-causing bacteria.
Breast milk itself does not have any component that the cavity-causing bacteria can use to grow or make acids that cause cavities. That’s why an exclusively breastfed baby is less likely to have cavities. However, once other food and drink sources are introduced into the baby’s diet, things get complicated.
Once solid foods are introduced, the usual rules apply as to what puts an infant or toddler at risk for early childhood tooth decay.
If a six month old baby who is still breastfed begins to eat foods with added sugars or processed simple carbohydrates such as sweetened rice cereals, teething biscuits, cereal puffs, yogurt with added sugars, or baby food pouches with added fruit juice for sweetness, the infant is put at high risk for developing tooth decay due to the addition of sugars into their diet.
If the above foods are also given to the baby throughout the day (such as teething biscuits and puffs), the bacteria are getting a constant stream of food to make the acids to cause cavities.
If the baby does not get their mouth wiped out (if they don’t yet have teeth), or their teeth brushed twice a day, the bacteria and acids will remain in the mouth and continue to grow and grow, and tooth decay will be evident very shortly.
As a pediatric dentist, I want every parent to know what feeding practices put their kids at risk for tooth decay. The introduction of solid foods provides a healthy foundation for your child’s eating habits that will last the rest of their life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry believes that most eating and oral hygiene habits are established within the first year of life.
In my fifteen years of practice, here are the TOP TEN HABITS that I promote to help prevent early childhood tooth decay – and this goes for breastfed and bottle fed babies alike.
1. During pregnancy, mom is encouraged to brighten her own smile by brushing and flossing daily, watch frequency of simple carbohydrate snacks and foods with added sugars, and visit the dentist for a checkup and cleaning. All of these activities will lower the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth which means less to pass on to baby from day one.
2. On the day your baby is born, begin wiping their mouth out with a clean, damp infant wash cloth. Do this twice a day to remove excess milk and any debris. Wipe the cheeks, tongue, gums, and lips. By starting from day one, your baby will get used to the routine. It also gets you as a new parent comfortable with looking in your baby’s mouth!
3. Mom: don’t forget, you still matter! One of the ways you still matter is your oral health still has a direct effect on your baby’s oral health. Please keep up with brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist.
4. Until directed by your pediatrician, do not add anything to your baby’s diet except breast milk or formula. And never sweeten either liquid or add something sweet to your breast or bottle nipple to entice your baby to eat.
5. Once directed by your pediatrician, introduce whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, and proteins. If you are buying baby food from the store, the only ingredient should be what you think you are feeding your baby. For example, sweet potatoes should only have one ingredient: sweet potatoes! Do not start your baby on baby food pouches that they suck on right away at six months. Those should be considered “emergency only” use and not for every meal.
6. Your goal is to eventually work up to three meals a day and two snacks. Don’t allow your baby to graze all day and not eat well at meal time or snack time. Choose snack foods as well as mealtime foods that are not processed. Cereals, puffs and teething foods can all contain added sugars and not add any nutrition to your baby’s diet.
7. Once you see the first tooth erupt, switch to a toothbrush twice a day and brush that tooth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips just like you did with the wash cloth.
8. Do not introduce juice to your baby unless directed by your pediatrician. There is no nutritional benefit to juice over eating the whole fruit. Water is the best choice for another liquid besides breast milk or formula.
9. Clean your baby’s mouth (either wiping or brushing) after breakfast and last thing before bed every day. When your baby gets up at night to feed (breast or bottle) try to wipe out the excess milk from their mouth before going back to bed. The cleaner the better!
10. New dietary guidelines state no added sugars before 24 months of age. Read all ingredients and nutrition labels before you put something in your cart or order online. Don’t bring it into your house if you are unsure of what is actually in the food!
Breastfeeding is such an incredible experience and I hope everyone who desires can connect with their baby in this way. A lactation consultant recently told me that breast milk is magic! That is such a wonderful description, isn’t it?
My best wishes to you as you introduce solid foods to your baby. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
About Dr. Tammy Gierke Button DDS, MSD, MA
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.
Insights from an IBCLC
Keeping Abreast: Breastfeeding Awareness 2020
By Diane Gora, RN, IBCLC
How Do You Define Success?
How do mothers describe “success” when it comes to breastfeeding?
Some mothers feel successful if they are able to breastfeed for a few days or weeks, while other moms feel defeated if breastfeeding ends before they reach their self-imposed goal dates. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) “60% of mothers stop breastfeeding sooner than they planned.”
There are several issues that contribute to early weaning but one of the main reasons is lack of support.
When it comes to breastfeeding, support and success go hand-in-hand but finding support for mothers learning to breastfeed isn’t always easy. Hopefully mothers will seek the help of a lactation consultant when breastfeeding is painful or just isn’t working the way they planned.
Sometimes the best source of support lies within each mother herself. Mastering the art of breastfeeding often requires mothers to take a leap of faith, to learn to trust her body to provide her baby’s nutrition for the recommended 6+ months after delivery.
The success of breastfeeding also relies on help from family members and friends during the first few weeks following the baby’s birth. During this post-partum time, mothers need to be mothered.
A mother’s role should be focused on feeding her baby, napping when her baby sleeps, and taking care of herself! And yes, that means somebody else will need to do the hundred other things that make life continue with some normalcy. Partners and family members can support and “mother the mother” by:
Breastfeeding success also depends on a mother’s ability to surrender herself to her baby for a few weeks. Schedules are not conducive to breastfeeding, especially during those early weeks. Babies do not eat by the clock, mostly because they haven’t learned to tell time yet! Instead, they eat when they feel hungry and they have tiny tummies. Successful breastfeeding experiences start with feeding the baby whenever feeding cues are noted, even if the baby just fed ten minutes ago!
- Making sure mom has enough to drink and eat
- Making sure mom is able to nap during the day
- Taking care of any other children who are at home
- Changing the baby before taking baby to mom for night feedings, and
- Helping with the “hundred other things!”
For those times when you doubt yourself, please call a lactation professional for additional support.
Wishing you all breastfeeding success, however you define it!
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