Our lifestyle has changed in many ways in the last century. A typical modern diet consists of more processed foods and doesn’t require chewing of hard and raw foods anymore. In addition, bottle feeding, sippy cups, and extended pacifier usage/oral habits have contributed to changing the way our jaw and airways form. This can lead to a range of diseases relating to breathing (asthma, tonsillitis, sleep apnea), swallowing (tongue thrust, dysphagia – difficulty swallowing), as well as changes in facial appearance (long face, gummy smile, open bite).
It is all in the tongue. Myofunctional therapy is exercise-based therapy just like physical therapy, engaging the tongue and mouth (oro), face (facial) and regions of neck (oropharyngeal). The exercises are specifically designed to improve the function of the tongue, breathing, chewing, and swallowing.
Tongue Thrust/Open bite (also known as reverse swallow) – Tongue thrusting appears when the tongue presses forward too far in the mouth. This constant pressure of the tongue creates space between upper and lower front teeth resulting in an open bite. It will often present during speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
Tongue-Tie -Tongue-tie is a condition characterized by unusually short, thick and/or tight tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Signs and symptoms of tongue-tie include, but are not limited to: difficulty sticking the tongue out past the lower teeth, moving the tongue to corners of the mouth, and difficulty lifting the tongue up to the palate while the mouth is open. A significant tongue-tie may result in a heart shaped tongue when stuck out.
Mouth breathing – Breathing through the nose is very important. Mouth breathing can effect the position of the teeth, jaw and facial growth, tonsil size and sleep quality.
I was nervous about the "unknowns" of tongue tie, and why breastfeeding was so painful for me. Dr. Darcy and her amazing staff are warm, welcoming and professional from the start! I felt comfortable and informed the whole time.
Today, I took all three of my kids here. My middle has had horrible experiences at the dentists and hates going, but they made him so comfortable.
Dr. Michelle is amazing with my son. He has autism and his first few visits were not very successful. They have gotten a little better with each appointment, thanks to the patience, kindness and flexibility shown by Riverdale.
St. Croix Kidds is the place to go to help kids feel good about the dentist. All of the staff are caring and responsive to questions or dental concerns. The dentists are thorough and positive. My kids look forward to their six-month check ups.
The staff was friendly and the office is kid friendly. They were very good with both my kids. Happy with our experience and will be happy to call them our dentist.
I scheduled appointments for all 3 of my kids at the same time. We were in and out in about 20 minutes! The staff here is incredible! We recently moved 45 minutes away, but I continue to bring my children here.
Such a great dentist! Between the environment, to the care they give kids it’s a great experience every time! They understand kids fears and make it an enjoyable experience every visit. Highly recommend for kids on the spectrum.
The staff here is amazing and super friendly. Dr. Tyler was amazing with my son today. Most patient office I’ve ever walked into. I am definitely pleased with our service today and can’t wait to go back.
I took my infant son for evaluation of a tongue tie. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming over looking the St. Croix river. The staff is kind compassuonate and you can tell they really love what they do.
Wow! Great staff, Amanda was amazing and helped my son feel at ease. She is very good at her job and obviously loves working with kids. Dr. Megan was great!
Our first experience at this office fantastic! He let them do everything! They were so patient and explained everything before they did it! It was my Littles first appointment at the dentist and she loved every minute! Great experience.
Had a great day with my two boys at St. Croix Kidds. They were both very engaged in their appointments and the Assistants and Dr. Darcy explained the procedures well. I would highly recommend this pediatric office.
Amazing dentist office for kids! All the staff were so friendly and engaged with my son. The office decor and all the staff's positive happiness was so wonderfully kid-centered. They were patient and caring.
We just had our first appt here and WOW!!! Love the office and the staff is all so nice. The dentist we saw is spectacular!
Friendly staff, easy to make appointments especially in an emergency! The kids like that they can watch a movie while having their teeth worked on.
Today was my 3 year old son's 1st visit to the dentist. I was very impressed with how they interacted with my son and how they made it fun. I will definitely recommend this dentist office.
Friendly, caring and curteous staff. Never feel pressure to "do more." And we are in and out in a flash. Love this place! And so do my kids!
Super welcoming staff, great dental assistant and dentist! The office is clean and had tons of things for kids to do. We were really happy with the experience overall and would definitely recommend this office to anyone!
St.Croix Kidds is amazing! The staff is very friendly, patient and make dentist visits fun! My boys (5yr and 3yrs) love going and always walk away with a smile!
The kids and I love the staff here. They have my kids comfortable in going to the dentist and they are very clear before and after what is being done or needs to be done. Thank you all for a wonderful job!
My toddler actually likes going to the dentist! I don't know if it's the way they talk to him, how the office is sooo kid friendly (movies, horse saddle, etc), or the fact he knows he gets a brand new toothbrush and toy to pick himself!
Dr. Megan and her team at New Richmond were amazing today! My son had to have sedation dental work completed. They were understanding of my sons needs and took great care of mom as well.