Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community | Karese LaGuerre

Speaker 2 (09:56):

If you don’t have a nice broad roof of mouth, you definitely don’t have a nice broad space to breathe for your nose, right? So all of that is going to compound as you age, because by the time you hit seven or eight 80% of your creating a facial, great growth is done. That’s in, you know, I’m going to alter much more than that. You might as well just go see the orthodontist for braces because there’s, there’s not much we can do. So it really starts from when you’re very young, because by the time you get four or five, that’s like 50 to 60% of the growth is done. We’ve got a lot that we can do in between there, whether it’s breastfeeding bottle feeding, sippy cups or not the use of sippy cups, because we don’t like that. Yeah. Eliminating thumb sucking, eliminating the pacifier, use that way. We can get those muscles to do what they’re supposed to do without in hindering.

Speaker 1 (10:48):

Very interesting. I had a cousin who suck his thumb for a long time and he would do, he would rub his thumb up against the top of his mouth. And he’s a horrible snorer now because of that, he has, and of course he went and had to get diagnosed with, you know, all kinds of things. But because of that, he has a dip in the top of his palate that causes him to not have that, that space, as you say, to breathe in and out properly. So I fully understand that here’s a question I have for you that I’m, I I’m, I think you could answer. Some people think that when we’re resting, when our mouths are resting, when we’re resting, that our tongues should be off of our palette. And I find that my most natural position is when my tongue is up on my, my palate. So, which is right. If there is a right or wrong and or how does that develop? There is a

Speaker 2 (11:54):

Right and you’re right. It towns should be at rest, proper rest posture for the tongue is up against the roof of the mouth. Now, where are your tongue? Rest does matter because when it’s resting low, that’s when you have a lot of those people who have that lower jaw that’s ahead, we would call that an underbite. Right? Okay. That’s very difficult to fix. That’s something that, you know, that jaw is going to be impacted by the Tom’s respiratory position. Right? Imagine your tongue is resting up. It’s going to grow down. It’s going to grow that bottom arch. So that bottom, right? All of these pressures of the tongue and even up the cheeks, you know, where your teeth are in the back. Some people have them tipped in. If you have overdeveloped cheek muscles, then the tips in the teeth, all these soft tissue pressures of these muscles, the oral cavity will absolutely affect how you’re growing.

Speaker 2 (12:52):

Well, that explains why my teeth are moving because at one point my teeth had gotten really straight across on the bottom. And now they’re kind of feeling a little bit more like they’re there, there’s not enough space. So that explains it a little bit because maybe it’s the way that I’m sleeping. Could it be the way that I’m sleeping, I’m sleeping on mostly on one side or the other side, or does that affect as well? Cause you said you did mention that the, the cheek muscles and all of that together. Oh yes. Everything impacts it. So whether you have poor habits, like resting your hand on your chin, very often, you can very much create too much tension on one side as opposed to the other. So when you’re talking about how you’re sleeping, if you always sleep on one side, that’s a lot of pressure you consider you’re sleeping.

Speaker 2 (13:43):

Maybe I hope at least six to eight hours a night. That’s a long time. Every single day to have all that pressure on that one side. So yes, it does make a big, big impact because all of that pressure will always make an impact, but the teeth are in constant motion all the time. It’s almost like voidable, but being able to be aware of what’s going on and the muscles, it will definitely get everything more stable. Love it. So now what are the disparities you see in diagnosis in the black community? I know that you mentioned that a little bit to me. What are some of the disparities that you see? So I find it, my passion is really about awareness, right? Because I find it so sad that there is such a disparity. Usually there’s already a negative connotation between the relationships with doctors and, you know, the black community. They have, you know, this perception that we have this increased threshold to pain, you know, you laugh immediately.

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