It is the repetitive chewing mechanism that develops our jaw closing muscles, this is the key to go from mouth open posture to mouth closed posture to ensure that you do not get lengthening of the face. Dr. Mike Mew seems to suggest that it is more important to chew repetitively (ie: gum) then practicing strong bite force, with less chewing.
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Review of Dr. Mike Mew’s “Growing Your Face” Presentation and additional insights he is sharing on his Facebook pages. Along with my 2 cents…
- Dr. Mike Mew has two Facebook pages which he is very active on and often shares interesting insights; they are: Y Crooked Teeth (https://www.facebook.com/YCrookedTeeth) and Orthotropics (https://www.facebook.com/orthotropics) (for this blog post I will be sharing some of those interesting insights he posted on his FB pages as well as review of what was presented in his Youtube presentation: Grow Your Face.
- “The tongue is the most essential organ for facial development. I would highly recomend any excercises that increase its strength.-Mike” I often push on the roof of the mouth at the “Spot” to pull the maxilla up and forward…this is my tongue work out…
- “A good thing to try is to push as hard as you can with your tongue while you resist this with your biting muscles and without the teeth quite touching. However without professional help this is not going to be easy.-Mike” Just found this post today but this is sort of like doing curls with your tongue. Not sure if I will get in the habit of doing this, but the idea is the same here, pressing the tongue to the roof of mouth.
- “Ideally we are trying to strengthen *mouth* closing muscles. Also the strange paradox is that it is the level of usage of a muscle rather than its absolute strength that is important. If you exercised very hard with your jaw muscles for 3hrs a week but then did not use them at all the rest of the week, you might have a high maximum bite force but your face may still lengthen. This does complicate research on the area and is one of the reasons that this is not a well understood area.
I would recommend a tough chewing gum, we are trying to source and develop one at the moment. Best wishes, Mike”
- “The general thought amongst professionals in this area is that it is best not to sleep on your back as this encourages the mandible and tongue to drop back, possibly leading to snoring and sleep apnoea or a class II mandibular position. However this is my favorite position and I never suffer from any, but I’ve got plenty of tongue space and a good muscle tone. So although I’ve considered it I don’t see a simple relationship.-Mike” -I am still exploring this myself, what will ensure that our mouths don’t fall open while we sleep. I think having higher pillows definitely helps, now as far as sleeping position on side or on back…this is still in-conclusive. Oral Myology top Dr. Joy Moeller says its best to sleep on the back, since sleeping on sides can flatten sides of face, so sleeping on back while using high pillows (at least a brick height), while Buteyko Method teachers say sleeping on your left side is the best because it stabilizes the lungs and slows down breathing which increases CO2 levels ensuring clear nasal passage. What I have found is sleeping on back is fine as long as you have enough muscles in the face to ensure that your mouth is not falling open. This is hard to accomplish if you have small palate to begin with because tongue has no room and it may tend to fall back and if mouth closing muscles are weak. I have personally notice greater success in keeping mouth closed as I chew more during my meals and other times using mouth piece to get good jaw exercise in everyday to increase jaw muscles, and the key is back of the tongue on the roof of the mouth seem to naturally seal the lips. Also as I use my tongue to gradually bring maxilla forward I feel that it is creating more room for tongue to prevent it from falling back while sleeping on back. I found tough chewing gum that doesn’t stick to my braces. More insights to come on this… (also when chewing remember to try and chew on both side of mouth since I notice there’s tendency to chew on only one side, however Oral Myology Dr’s try to teach chew bilaterally.)
- Dr. Mew is better looking now then he was 10 years ago, this is because he has made consorted effort to keeping his tongue on the roof of the mouth *which as far as he is concern is the most important thing for facial beauty. Secondary thing is to strengthen jaw muscles by chewing more.
- The science of training the muscles of the face is known as Orofacial Myology. The most essential part is for the tongue to be pushing up forcing the upper jaw up and forwards giving support to the eyes and moving the cheekbones forwards. Although the forces of these muscles are small and their duration of action short, over time, day in and day out the force of the tongue on the roof of your mouth adds up.Increasing the muscle forces can help to give shape and definition to the jaw bone but risks making a face look a little masculine.
- If changes can happen for the worse in adults, then it should be possible to create changes for the better at a late age.-Mike
- Lips together, teeth together, tongue on the roof of your mouth
- It is the hardness of the diet that our modern civilized society lacks that is major contributing factor to malocclusion and less than ideal facial development. There is no doubt we can gain more calorie from less chewing than what our ancestors were eating.
- I believe with good jaw muscles from chewing, it encourages mouth to be closed at rest which then would naturally encourage tongue at roof of the mouth and less likely to leave mouth open. Also bone responds to usage so should give more defined jaw line.
- Scientifically it has been proven that muscle and bone will develop to their limits provided there is function. As an example, a child runs and plays to develop his or her muscles and bones to the limits proportional for that individual. Controlling the child’s environment as one does means that one can control the growth and development of the muscles, bones and teeth in his jaws, as one can determine what the child will receive in food intake. Utilization of coarse calories as soon as possible when the teeth begin to erupt will result in the proper function of all structures in the oral cavity with normal growth and development. Coarse calories mean such things as fresh fruits, vegetables, hard rolls, bread sticks, and other hard, chewy foods. A survey was once done with fifty children, in which they were fed an average meal: 50% of the children were given an orange cut into four pieces; the other 50% brushed their teeth. Researchers discovered that the children who had eaten the orange had teeth 35% cleaner than those who had used a toothbrush. Thus the indication is that there is less pollution to the oral ecology of the mouth through the use of coarse calories rather than soft calories. As an observation: we all know children have very poor manual dexterity, so coarse calories do a better job than a toothbrush.
- Dr von Cramon-Taubadel compared the shape of the cranium (skull) and mandible (lower jaw) of 11 globally distributed populations against models of genetic, geographic, climatic and dietary differences. She found that lower jaw shape, and to some extent the shape of the upper palate, was related to the dietary behaviour of populations, while the cranium was strongly related to the genetic relationships of the populations.
In particular, the lower jaw reflects whether populations are primarily hunter-gatherer or agriculturalist in nature, irrespective of what part of the world they come from. This therefore suggests that chewing behaviour causes the lower jaw to grow and develop differently in different subsistence groups, while the skull is not affected in the same way.
Overall, the hunter-gather groups had longer and narrower mandible, indicating more room for the teeth to erupt correctly, while the agriculturalists had generally shorter and broader mandibles, increasing the likelihood of dental crowding.
Dr von Cramon-Taubadel, a lecturer in Biological Anthropology with research interests in human and primate evolution, and in particular the causes of modern human skeletal diversity, said: ‘Chewing behaviour appears to cause the lower jaw to develop differently in hunter-gatherer versus farming populations, and this holds true at a global level. What is interesting, is that the rest of the skull is not affected in the same way and seems to more closely match our genetic history.’
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