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Froggy mouth: a new myofunctional approach to atypical swallowing

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  03/2019

Authors:  S. Di Vecchio*, P. Manzini**, E. Candida***, M. Gargari****

Language:  English

Institution:  *Department of Dentistry Hospital San Pietro F.B.F., Rome, Italy **Department of Maxillofacial Unit, Neuroscience, Carlo Poma Hospital, Mantova, Italy ***Private practice Rome, Italy ****Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Atypical swallowing, Froggy Mouth, Myofunctional appliance, Open bite, Orthodontics, Speech therapy

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Title:  Froggy mouth: a new myofunctional approach to atypical swallowing

Abstract:  Aim Atypical swallowing has a high incidence in adult and child populations. The treatment of the latter is generally achieved by the adoption of orthodontic appliances in conjunction with speech therapy. The aim of this article is to describe the clinical protocol of Froggy Mouth, an innovative myofunctional appliance designed to correct the atypical swallowing. Materials and method The Froggy Mouth appliance has been tested by the authors Di Vecchio at the Orthognatodontics department of Fatebenefratelli San Pietro Hospital in Rome, Italy, and by Manzini at the Orthodontics department of Carlo Poma Hospital in Mantova, Italy. This article will illustrate the clinical protocol of the appliance with therapeutic indications, clinical phases, instruction and patients and parents motivation and follow-up results. Results Froggy Mouth has proven effective in the correction of atypical swallowing, from both the clinical and the functional standpoints. The fastest and most predictable results were obtained in patients during their physiological developmental age. This appliance, compared to the traditional logopaedic therapy, requires less commitment in terms of time for the patient (only 15 minutes per day), with more predictable and durable results over time. Conclusions The clinical evidences indicate that the Froggy Mouth is effective in the myofunctional correction of the atypical swallowing mechanism, providing the clinician a new therapeutic approach for neuromuscular re-training of atypical deglutition and dysfunctional deglutition in patients during their growth phase. However, further scientific evidences are needed to support the results of this investigation.

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