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Functional Oral Health Myofunctional Therapy, Breathing Optimization, Biological Dentistry & More!

06/15/2024

My friend Karen Davidson has a saying- The nose knows.
And it’s true. There are so many links to physical and mental health that centre around nasal breathing.

My books are available on Amazon:
Snored to Death
Don’t ignore the snore
Sleep disordered breathing- A parent’s guide


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01/12/2024

My Facebook account may have been compromised!

Great article by  on the toxic chemicals in gum and how it’s not a great product for your health. Read full article on  ...
01/11/2024

Great article by on the toxic chemicals in gum and how it’s not a great product for your health.
Read full article on for more information.
If looking for a natural source to increase chewing to support/build musculature, there are some local products made from spruce tree pitch.

Whole Foods———————Products Any day! ♥️
01/09/2024

Whole Foods
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Products

Any day! ♥️

Yes! 1000%I will not start myofunctional therapy unless I know the adult or child I’m working with is comfortable breath...
12/22/2023

Yes! 1000%

I will not start myofunctional therapy unless I know the adult or child I’m working with is comfortable breathing through their nose 99.99% of the time during the day and night. (Unless they are physically exerting themselves in a sport that ramps up their heart rate -you can slowly work on this too!-).

Photo & post credit to myokcomt

30 days of Plunge & Post1/30I made a promise to myself to cold plunge everyday for 30 days… then life happened and I did...
12/21/2023

30 days of Plunge & Post

1/30

I made a promise to myself to cold plunge everyday for 30 days… then life happened and I didn’t stick to what I promised myself.

So as of today 30 days of plunging starts now! I will be adding 30 days of posting to this challenge to keep me accountable to myself and to everyone who follows me.

Happy Holidays!

12/21/2023
Interceptive orthodontics is a term used by our airway focused collective of dental professionals to support facial and ...
12/21/2023

Interceptive orthodontics is a term used by our airway focused collective of dental professionals to support facial and oral development for children under the age of 12.

The goal is to work with children as young as possible (I support new born babies, children under 5 with mini Myo programs and children over 5 with myo programs and members of the collective team) to support developing the face as the child grows.

This growth pattern is affected by how we breathe and our oral resting posture during the day and night, which can create a broad, functional face with no crowded teeth and lots of space for the tongue which is our natural expander.

It’s been a 5 year journey of building Functional Oral Health. The first 3 years was all about learning and not sharing ...
12/17/2023

It’s been a 5 year journey of building Functional Oral Health.

The first 3 years was all about learning and not sharing on social media because my main focus was really all about building my awareness and attention to details as a clinician. I wanted to best serve my clients and put all my attention on this.

Now over the past 2 years, I’ve really starting to put myself out there more online as only 10% of what I do is what I post online. Over the last few months, you may have noticed more about what I do and observe and how I support families to be able to see what I see and finding the right practitioners to support their children’s development.

2024 is going to be a new chapter of growth as I build online resources for parents!

Stay tuned!

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I love getting testimonials from parents who are seeing success with their littles by incorporating the myomunchee and n...
12/15/2023

I love getting testimonials from parents who are seeing success with their littles by incorporating the myomunchee and nasal hygiene programs!

Clear noses are crucial for success with the myomunchee, for growth and development of the face and for their health in general!

Feel free to message me if you are interested in a myomunchee for yourself or for your child.

To get started, please go to my website to schedule a 30 minute initial consultation.

Look at the size of this EGG! Poor chicken, that might be a triple?! Has anyone had a triple?!
12/13/2023

Look at the size of this EGG! Poor chicken, that might be a triple?!

Has anyone had a triple?!

The dentist who started it all…Dr. Westin A Price. He’s the OG of explaining these questions I get asked on a daily basi...
12/10/2023

The dentist who started it all…

Dr. Westin A Price. He’s the OG of explaining these questions I get asked on a daily basis…

Why is my child …

struggling with cavities?

teeth crowded?

can’t breath well and is always sick?

Straightening teeth became an industry once processed foods that were easy to chew with a ton of additives, sugar, chemicals, came on the market.

My goal as a myofunctional therapist to to educate every parent who comes to me for professional advice so they can feel confident to make decisions for their children that they feel is addressing and supporting where they are at.

Expecting to use a removable appliance 1-2 hours a day and not focusing on habits the other 22-23 hours a day is not goi...
12/09/2023

Expecting to use a removable appliance 1-2 hours a day and not focusing on habits the other 22-23 hours a day is not going to show much improvement.

The key to success is supporting optimal function during the day and night.

The tool/device can help change habits along with support from a team of providers and support from family.

This means parents need to be a lot more hands on versus a traditional orthodontic fixed appliance approach.

I always like to mention this to parents and the child so they know that it’s going to take a lot of work to get the results you are hoping for.

You only get out of it what you put in.

What did I miss… I know it’s A LOT! Trust me, I’ve been taking hundreds of hours a year of continuing education to under...
12/09/2023

What did I miss… I know it’s A LOT!

Trust me, I’ve been taking hundreds of hours a year of continuing education to understand how this impacts overall health and proper function.

If you stay in your silo of airway focused dentistry, you are missing other root causes… but there’s a great team internationally who can help.

This year I was so thankful to learn from and Micheal at to give me a sneak peak of how these topics impact how we heal and navigate root cause approaches.

And thank you to my colleagues who are always keeping me updated!

I still have so much to learn!

Now hear me out.Private insurance companies are run by corporations, who are run by individuals who get to make decision...
12/07/2023

Now hear me out.

Private insurance companies are run by corporations, who are run by individuals who get to make decisions on what they deem essential.

Insurance companies in the dental field, have instilled value for services that are assisted with and dictated by an insurance company that knows nothing about their individual dental and overall health.

It took away value to explain options to people to listen what’s in their best interest as financially the cost for services continues to climb.

If we didn’t have insurance companies, people would get paid more by salary or per hour. They could potentially have more money to decide what’s in their best interest and what they want to invest their resources in for their health and the health of their families.

Next time you go to an appointment, is the treatment discussed with your health provider coming from a medical recommendation or “use up your benefits “ prospective?

You get to choose how you want to invest. See your health as an investment in continuously improving your life.

What do you see when you look at this 4 year old girl?She’s:-struggling to breathe -has poor sleep quality & wakes up fe...
12/06/2023

What do you see when you look at this 4 year old girl?

She’s:

-struggling to breathe
-has poor sleep quality & wakes up feeling tired
-she craves sugar all day to stay awake
-gets very moody & when she does not get sweets
-has difficulty focusing in school
-struggling to keep up with other kids in school

As a myofunctional therapist what do I see?

-a child who is struggling to breathe
-head forward posture
-crowded baby teeth or baby teeth with tight contacts and knowing this will result in very crowded adult teeth
-cracked, dry lips
-a sleep issue that parents may not know is an issue.

Asking questions like:
-does she snore? Stop breathing? Wake up with nightmares? Sweats at night, pillow case is usually damp from drool, wakes up grumpy.

I know this because this was me. This is a photo of me in kindergarten and my parents had no idea what to look for or how to help.

This is my why. I don’t want to see children having to struggle with what I went through in my early years and even leading up to early adulthood.

Once I started figuring it out. It changed my life.

Find an airway focused dentist and myofunctional therapist who can support your child so they can start thriving.

Whether you are a child or adult, if an airway assessment by a trained dentist has not been done, you may be impacting y...
12/05/2023

Whether you are a child or adult, if an airway assessment by a trained dentist has not been done, you may be impacting your sleep negatively.

This is because any device you put in your mouth at night is taking away tongue space and will impact the quality of your sleep.

This is why so many people will get a “night guard” for clenching and grinding without realizing there’s an underlying airway issue.

If the focus is just to protect the teeth from wear, then you are only creating a bandaid to an even greater issue.

A trained airway focused dentist will see the signs during your assessment and should be referring you back to your MD, who should then refer you to the ENT or sleep physician.

This is a challenge to get through these systems currently in Canada due to a lack of medical professionals.

You have to educate and advocate for yourself and your family more than ever these days.

As a myofunctional therapist and breathing coach I’m guiding families through these conversations so they can ask their professionals or find a professional who can better support their health goals.

If you would like more information or to schedule a consultation, please refer to my website www.functionaloralhealth.ca

12/05/2023

Lip tape! I get questions about this ALOT.

So first things first… nose has to be clear and comfortable to breath put of or this is not going to work or be safe.

If you are nervous about lip taping and you are new to this… myotape.com would be my recommendation as it goes around the lips and does not cover.

3M micropore white tape is the most popular and found at most drugstores and online.

3M micropore blue tape for sensitive skin is a favourite with my female clients and older kiddos who can safely tape. (Taping is not recommended to kids under the age of 6 years of age over the lips).

Then last for my men, Hostage tape is a favourite for men with facial hair as it sticks better.

Any questions, you can drop them below!

Who Do I Assess?-Everyone What Age Is The Best Age To Assess?-Any age and the moment you notice to signs… see below.I se...
12/03/2023

Who Do I Assess?

-Everyone

What Age Is The Best Age To Assess?

-Any age and the moment you notice to signs… see below.

I see babies and children from all ages and stages of development.

As young as new born babies struggling to breast feed. (0-12months)

Young children who struggle with sleep, nasal congestion, which affects tonsils, adenoids and facial growth patterns. This affects early stages of arch development for teeth and signs of early crowding.
(15 months-4 years)

School aged children (5 years- 8 years), easier to see this category of compromised growth as children start to show more signs that parents pick up on. This is my group of moms that typically ask the most questions but are told to “wait” to see an orthodontist or they see the orthodontist and told to “wait until they develop more adult teeth.”

Children 8 years of age and older are usually at the 80-90% of growth and development so it’s not too late however, this is where I usually recommend other airway health providers to support the treatment I’m recommending as a myofunctional therapist.

*More information and resources to come!

*If you would like more information or how to get started, I offer virtual consultations online on my website www.functionaloralhealth.ca to schedule directly on Mondays and Fridays. This session is designed to ask all the questions you have about where your child is at and resources or professionals I can refer you to to help support your journey.

You do not grow out of sleep issues. I hear way too often from moms saying,“My doctor said my child will grow out of sno...
12/03/2023

You do not grow out of sleep issues.

I hear way too often from moms saying,

“My doctor said my child will grow out of snoring.”

“The doctor said the tonsils are large but he will grow out of this stage”.

“My doctor stated it’s normal for children to be sick all the time, just give them medication and they will grow out of it”.

No.

A child who struggles to sleep, breathe and have healthy immune, turns into an adult with all the same issues.

Programs like nasal hygiene, sleep hygiene, low inflammatory diets, increasing mineral and vitamin supplements or rich foods, improving air quality, are a few of the ways I suggest when improving your child’s health but also the trajectory of how their face develops!

12/03/2023

This video made by ,
Clearly explains why so many parents especially moms feel gaslit about their child’s oral health development from birth.

Unfortunately when I’m providing a parent with information about their child, they are “shocked” and “blown away” that this is the first time they are hearing these concepts that make sense!

That’s because I go back to birth story, breast feeding journey, certain oral habits, sleep issues, allergies/digestive issues, tonsils and adenoids enlarged, issues with fluid in ears, speech concerns, cavities and the list continues to grow but with no support from their traditional medical practitioners.

They have never heard the terms myofunctional therapy and airway centric dentistry anywhere.

Even their own dentist and dental hygienist has never heard these terms before.

These parents cannot believe this is not common knowledge in our dental and medical communities because it makes so much sense why their children are struggling!

What I need every-single-person to do is ask your dental hygienist and dentist…

Have you heard of airway centric dentistry and myofunctional therapy?

The more people asking these questions to their professionals will start to open up their minds as they will feel like they are missing something that’s becoming a big discussion.

This is how we start making change. Thank you for continuing to create content to support our collective mission.

Sharing a post by  from  . This 1000%. You need to be fully on board and an integral part of your wellness journey. You ...
12/01/2023

Sharing a post by from .

This 1000%. You need to be fully on board and an integral part of your wellness journey.

You get to choose your team and I know it’s daunting at times but grateful for practitioners like Sinclair & Michael who brought an awareness to topics I knew very little about!

-toxic mold exposure
-parasites
-drainage and detox pathways
-air quality for poorly ventilated homes in Canada (in the winter, our lack of time outside along with the windows never opened in our homes is actually making us sick!)

I’ve been recommending this since 2020!I also recommend for sick kiddos or kiddos who are back to school to incorporate ...
11/30/2023

I’ve been recommending this since 2020!

I also recommend for sick kiddos or kiddos who are back to school to incorporate a nasal spray and/or rinsing program as part of the nasal hygiene program.

Adults can benefit from this as well! I’m putting together a nasal hygiene program with the tools I recommend, for adults and kids, to help keep their nose clear!

Studies are showing that if we implemented this one tool over the last few years, we wouldn’t have had the same rate of illness.

(This is an excerpt from Dr.Mercola’s article this morning)

I’ve never had a diagnosis of celiac or gluten allergy as this was a lifestyle change I made over 20 years ago.Gluten co...
11/29/2023

I’ve never had a diagnosis of celiac or gluten allergy as this was a lifestyle change I made over 20 years ago.

Gluten containing foods made my skin and digestive system irritated and my mood was terrible! I was told that all these factors were normal for teenagers going through hormonal changes.

So the medical recommendation was hormonal birth control which barely affected all my symptoms.

Going gluten free was the best decision I made at 15. However now I’m finding even my gluten free options are starting to affect me…

This led me down the rabbit hole of the glyphosate debate.

All processed foods now have traces of glyphosate. It’s creating gut issues which in turn affects the microbiome which is how we absorb the foods and beverages we consume.

However if you water, air and food quality is compromised, you body has to work so much harder to process and absorb what it can for you to stay alive.

This is why we are seeing an epidemic of food allergies and sensitivities. They are a symptom of a system that’s toxic.

When I start these conversations on nutrition, I start with the low hanging fruit.

Do you know the quality of your…

Water…Food…Air….

And are you detox pathways open to allow you to purge toxins effectively?

Happy healing starts by working slowly on these steps ♥️

Our food systems have been so compromised over the last few decades that we are seeing more and decay rates across North...
11/29/2023

Our food systems have been so compromised over the last few decades that we are seeing more and decay rates across North America.

So the standard of care is to provide a prescription to everyone through dental products as a form of supplementation.

However we don’t have a deficiency in fluoride.

We have alarming deficiencies in mineral and nutrient rich diets.

This starts from the ground up and I literally mean the soil.

Due to more depleted soil quality, it’s causing every food group we eat to be depleted.

So where can you start?

Find a local farmer, farmers market or local grocer who supplies and supports local farmers in your community.

Get to know your farmers who are making an even great impact to improving our health and the health of our communities.

This is where true health starts.

♥️

Meeee learning to love ice baths! 😂This challenge from daily has turned into every second day so let’s see how the next ...
11/18/2023

Meeee learning to love ice baths! 😂

This challenge from daily has turned into every second day so let’s see how the next 30 days go!

I truly feel great after and I am finding it interesting trying in the morning vs the evening.

Now to incorporate more sauna use in the mix!

Stop running… Stop all the after school appointments and activities for 1 week…See how you feel, how your kids feel…Then...
11/05/2023

Stop running…

Stop all the after school appointments and activities for 1 week…

See how you feel, how your kids feel…

Then from there, refocus on what you want to bring back in.

It’s ok to take the time your body needs.

Our bodies will continue to scream at us like kids not getting the attention they need until you give them that.

Those screams just get louder and turn into health issues with diagnoses that you are told need medication/supplements/products to fix…

Trust me, I’m there, I’ve been given a diagnosis of thyroid issues and I don’t believe I have.

My thyroid is not the problem… it’s just so DAMN tired of dealing with my S**T! (Well the lack of dealing with my stress well for so many years).

Of the constant spikes to my cortisol over the last 15 plus years and then the world going mad the last 3… it just said “okay we need time to rest”

So I agree, take the time you need to slow down or you will be like me and be forced to slow down.

You choose. I choose differently now and it’s leading down some incredible paths where I’m learning so much!

♥️-Alex

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