In the ever-evolving landscape of health and wellness trends, it seems there’s always a new craze promising to transform our bodies and lives. One such trend that has gained traction in recent years is “Mewing,” a tongue placement technique purported to restructure the jaw and enhance facial aesthetics. Named after Dr. John Mew, a British orthodontist, Mewing has captured the attention of many seeking a non-invasive solution to improve their facial symmetry and overall appearance debunking the Mewing myth separating fact from fiction.

But before you jump on the Mewing bandwagon, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction and understand the controversy surrounding this DIY technique. Recently, Dr. John Mew found himself in hot water as the General Dental Council stripped him of his credentials, casting doubt on the validity and safety of Mewing.

So, what exactly is Mewing, and why has it sparked such controversy?

Mewing involves placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth, specifically on the palate, with the goal of exerting consistent pressure to encourage proper facial development and jaw alignment. Proponents claim that by adopting this tongue posture, individuals can correct issues such as overbites, underbites, and even facial asymmetry over time, leading to a more attractive and balanced appearance.

However, despite its growing popularity, the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Mewing is scarce at best. While there is some merit to the idea that tongue posture can influence facial development, many experts argue that Mewing oversimplifies a complex biological process and overlooks the role of genetics, skeletal structure, and other factors in jaw alignment.

Moreover, the recent disciplinary action taken against Dr. John Mew raises concerns about the credibility of the technique and its potential risks. The General Dental Council’s decision to revoke his credentials underscores the importance of seeking guidance from qualified professionals and relying on evidence-based practices when it comes to oral health and facial aesthetics.

It’s also crucial to recognize that Mewing is not without its risks. Improper tongue placement or excessive force could potentially lead to dental issues such as malocclusion, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and even obstructive sleep apnea. Without proper supervision and guidance, DIY attempts at jaw restructuring could do more harm than good.

So, where does this leave us in the debate over Mewing?

While the concept of tongue posture influencing facial development is intriguing, the lack of scientific consensus and the controversy surrounding its originator raise significant doubts about the safety and effectiveness of Mewing as a DIY technique. Instead of relying on unproven trends, individuals concerned about their jaw alignment or facial aesthetics should consult with qualified orthodontists and oral health professionals who can provide personalized guidance and evidence-based treatment options.

In conclusion, while Mewing may have captured the public’s imagination as a DIY solution for jaw restructuring, it’s essential to approach such trends with a critical eye and prioritize safety and efficacy above all else. By seeking guidance from reputable experts and relying on evidence-based practices, individuals can make informed decisions about their oral health and overall well-being, without falling victim to the allure of quick-fix solutions.

Remember, when it comes to your health, there are no shortcuts – only informed choices and responsible actions.

References:

  • Huang, R., & Ho, G. W. (2017). A Critical Review of Non-Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a Focus on the Role of the Dentist. The Open Dentistry Journal, 11, 290–297.
  • Naini, F. B., & Moss, J. P. (2007). Three-dimensional assessment of the relative contribution of genetics and environment to various facial parameters with the twin method. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 131(3), 311–316.
  • General Dental Council. (2022). Statement on Dr. John Mew.
  • Proffit, W. R., Fields, H. W., & Sarver, D. M. (2013). Contemporary Orthodontics – E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Dr. James Linkous

Dr. James Linkous

James Linkous, DMD MS FACP is a leading prosthodontist renowned for excellence, innovation, and compassionate care. With advanced training from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he specializes in restorative dentistry and implantology. Dr. James is a trailblazer in dentistry, leveraging cutting-edge technologies like CAD/CAM to deliver precise, custom-made solutions. His commitment extends beyond clinical practice; he mentors aspiring dental professionals and actively participates in charitable initiatives, embodying the spirit of altruism and excellence in dentistry. more