Doris Waite, RDH, Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (AOMT-C), Buteyko Breathing Educator
About Doris Waite, RDH, Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (AOMT-C), Buteyko Breathing Educator
Tongue and Lung LadyHi there! I’m Doris Waite and I was the first dental hygienist to work in Owen Sound in the late 1970’s! That was quite the shock after moving from Toronto where I was born and raised, but I met my husband there and he is from this area.
I have always loved working with kids so it was great to work with a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics when we moved here. I worked there for 34 years. Now, I feel old!!
Since 2012, I have been working with children to develop and tone their muscles to help them breathe, chew and swallow properly. What still stumps me is why other professionals just don’t “get it” like we do! We understand that mouth breathing of any kind is very unhealthy but especially for children whose brains are growing and developing. Still think it’s cute to hear a baby snore??!
Ever see toddlers walking around with their mouths hanging open? Not cute! If you knew what mouth breathing does to a child’s facial and dental development, you would agree with me. If you understood how mouth breathing in kids can stunt their mental growth, you’d be shocked! Why don’t other professionals know about this? Well, I’m working on them!
So, snoring is not good and neither is sleep apnea in adults OR children. Sometimes even babies have sleep apnea especially if they are premies. You know what else isn’t good? Not being able to get to sleep, not wanting to get up in the morning, falling asleep during the day and having trouble getting your child to bed without a dozen excuses every night. I can help with ALL of these problems.