Friday, November 5, 2010

Myomunchie Details

I love having this myomunchie.  We use it daily.  We started with putting it in his mouth and making a big deal over it.  How fun it was, show the dog, show your toys, making growling noises, etc.  It says on the web site to work up to 20 minutes twice a day and I've found that is more than likely not going to happen for Cameron.  He just is too impulsive and has very little patience for things that take too long.  Not to mention 20 minutes to a 4 y.o. is a LONG time.

Knowing I couldn't follow the protocol recommended, I began keeping the Myomunchie with me all the time.  Whenever I heard him begin to grind, in it would go for as long as I could get him to keep it in and as many times as he would allow.  There were times it was going in and out of his mouth for close to 10 minutes, each time keeping it in his mouth anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds.  At the same time we started telling him his grinding was biting and reminded him that biting hurts.  Not that he would hurt anyone else by grinding his teeth but eventually it is going to hurt his own mouth which we want to prevent.  Within the first 3 days I noticed I was having to put in the myomunchie less and less.  So that's when every time I heard him grind I would say, "Cameron you are biting.  Remember owies."  Please know I was NOT disciplining him in anyway.  There were no owies involved by us, it was just a reminder so as he gets older he will understand that grinding teeth can create owies in his own mouth.  Anyway, he quickly learned this so whenever I would mention he was biting, he would ask, "Owies?"  Which I could then tell him yes and believe it or not most of the time he stopped grinding at least for a little while.  If he didn't, in went the myomunchie.

We are still using it daily but only a few times a day.  Usually a simple reminder of biting is all it takes to get him to stop.  There are times now he asks to have it too.  He chews on it for awhile and then tries to put it in one of his sisters' doll's mouth, then back into his, then back to the doll's.


  1. Thanks for posting about that. What web site are you getting the info from? Ty C will hold it in his mouth but try to slip his bottom teeth out of it. He also just freezes and wont chew on it. He holds it in his mouth to watch a favorite show so we do get about 20 minutes in. We will try for twice a day. He still drools very much, even with it in his mouth. I appreciate your posts! Thank you!

  2. Hi there, I just found your blog while searching for some info on the Myomunchee. And then I found that you participated in 31 for 21! Cool! (My friend Tricia hosts it, and I made the button for this year. :o)

    Anyway, I'd love to know if the grinding has lessened after a few months with the Myomunchee. My daughter grinds for 6-8 hours a day, sometimes even more, and it's been going on for over a year, with only short breaks. She doesn't chew (but she's learning!) so we can't offer food as an alternative to the grinding, and she has oral aversions to some extent. But I think if we started out with short sessions while she was watching her shows or doing something to keep her busy, she would be ok with this. Something has to give though. I'm going to lose my mind!

    You can email me at braskasmom@gmail dot com. Thanks!!!