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Aug 31, 2023

Today on Holistic Dentistry I’m joined by my guest, Joy Moeller, a myofunctional therapist, dental hygienist, author, and former lecturer at Indiana University. Joy is also a founding lecturer with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, and a founding board member with the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences

In this episode, we’re discussing the ways the tongue can impact various parts of the body, and specific problems myofunctional therapy aims to solve. Joy shares the benefits of myofunctional therapy and how it can help patients as young as three years old. She also shares the relationship between myofunctional therapy and breastfeeding, ADHD, and sleep apnea, plus the benefits of myofunctional therapy for orthodontics.  

Lastly, Joy shares her goal for the future of myofunctional therapy, plus six steps to take in support of healthier tongue function. 

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Key Takeaways:
(2:29) What myofunctional therapy is used for and what part of the body it helps

(5:08) Breastfeeding, babies, and tongue muscles 

(9:58) The ideal age to begin myofunctional therapy 

(13:51) How successful myofunctional therapy is at improving babies’ and adults’ sleep apnea

(19:49) What inspired Joy to get interested in myofunctional therapy

(31:44) How myofunctional therapy can help with an orthodontics relapse

(36:01) How someone can train to be a myofunctional therapist

(38:39) Joy’s six goals for myofunctional therapy


Guest Info: 

Joy Moeller | Website 

Contact Joy’s Practice

Is Your Tongue Killing You? By Joy Moeller


Related Episodes:

Holistic Dentistry Episode #9: Unlocking the Jaw: How Holistic Dentists and Chiropractors Collaborate to Treat TMJ with Dr. Joseph Canul 



Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences

International Association of Orofacial Myology


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