Oral Dysfunction & Development from Birth to Later Years

In this episode, Jacqueline is joined by Dr. Shereen Lim, a dentist from Perth, Australia who specializes in airway health from infancy to prevent problems like snoring and sleep apnea later in life. Dr. Lim is dedicated to promoting airway health from infancy as an alternative approach to minimize the development of these problems and is the author of the book Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child’s Greater Health, Learning, and Potential.


In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Key things to look for in infancy for optimal oral development
  • Why tongue tie release alone is not a cure-all and still requires therapy and other interventions
  • How chewing and oral exercises can help stimulate jaw muscles and correct swallowing patterns in young children.
  • Ways airway & oral dysfunction negatively impacts older children and adults


A glance at this episode:

  • [3:44] Dr. Lim explains how one would get sleep apnea
  • [17:26] Key things to look for in infancy
  • [21:57] The importance of chewing during early childhood
  • [26:10] Key things to remember with swallowing and drooling
  • [30:59] Oral motor patterns in infants
  • [38:10] Common misconceptions about lip ties and tongue ties
  • [42:00] The role of myofunctional therapy in practice
  • [46:46] Tongue tie treatment for adults
  • [54:19] Dr. Lim shares some tips for breathing & sleeping better
  • [1:00:08] Where Dr. Lim sees herself progressing in the future


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