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. Dr.Darcy is knowledgeable, direct and incredibly kind. A great experience.
Today, I took all three of my kids here. My oldest I knew wouldn't have any issues, as he loves the dentist. My middle has had horrible experiences at the dentists and hates going, but they made him so comfortable that they were able to complete a full exam with X-rays! This is a huge accomplishments! My youngest is 2 and she did a full lap exam with the Dr without any issues! I cannot recommend this place enough.
Dr. Michelle is amazing with my son. He has autism and his first few visits were not very successful. However, they have gotten a little better with each appointment, thanks to the patience, kindness and flexibility shown by the team at Riverdale pediatric dentistry.
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 environment is collorful, fun and inviting. All-in-all a great experience.
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. It is well worth the drive to know they are in a safe, friendly and efficient environment.
Love this place and they have an amazing team. The kids absolutely love the kid focused environment. They love all the wonderful ladies (especially Ms. Rachel) who are so gentle in their care for them. Dr. Beinlich has a great child like personality that really puts the kids at ease. You know you have found a great place when you tell the kids they have a dentist appointment and they get excited. All around this is a great place to trust with your little ones!
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. They were excellent at explaining what they were evaluating, what the procedure was going to entail and making sure you were able to do the therapy at home after to ensure the best results.
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. Meghan was great and fixed my son's teeth, making sure he was comfortable the whole time. Will definitely recommend to my friends! Thanks for all your care and patience with my son and for making it a smooth process for us too!
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 for all today!!
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. My boys are always happy to go even if it is to get a filling. Lots of distractions to keep their minds busy so they don't worry !
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, even when he was hesitant to open for the x-rays. Dr. Morgan was amazing with my son but also to me, explaining things clearly. I didn't feel rushed or pressured at all. I'm so glad we switched to New Richmond Kidds!
We just has 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. He also like receiving a toy at the end. I will definitely recommend this dentist office to my friends and family. 😀
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!
Great staff, great dentists! They are so patient with kids who are hesitant about their visits. There is also a nice play area for kids who are waiting.
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! They're great!