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1. What are Chewy Tubes®?

  • Chewy Tubes are an innovative oral motor tool designed to develop biting and chewing skills. Chewy Tubes® were originally designed to be used with the Jaw Rehabilitation program.

2. What are they made of?

  • Chewy Tubes® are made of a thermo-elastic polymer material, which is FDA Approved.

3. Do Chewy Tubes contain any latex?

  • No.  Chewy Tubes® are latex free. In addition, they do not contain any PVC, lead or phthalates.

4. Can Chewy Tubes be used in treatment for TMJ problems?

  • Chewy Tubes® are NOT recommended for individuals with TMJ issues. For these patients, referral to a Physical Therapist is recommended.

5. How are Chewy Tubes used?

  • There are two parts to a Chewy Tube:  the T-shaped handle and the long bitable stem. The long stem of the Chewy Tube® is placed laterally in the mouth, so the patient can bite down on the bitable stem with the molar dentition or gum ridge. The handle portion has corrugated ridges to assist the grasp, especially for patients who are visually impaired. Chewy Tubes® are not intended to be bitten on using the front dentition.

6. What is the difference between the yellow and red Chewy Tube?

  • The yellow Chewy Tube® has the narrowest bitable stem (3/8″ outside diameter) of all the Chewy Tubes  while the red Chewy Tube® has a wider stem (1/2″ outside diameter). The Knobby Tube provides additional oral sensory input.

7. How does the size difference apply to function?

  • The yellow Chewy Tube® is used with a smaller jaw, typically an infant (7-10 months) or a young child, or it is used with an individual who cannot open his/her jaw very wide due to clonus.  Additionally,  the narrower,  yellow Chewy Tube® is typically used initially in treatment with children who are very defensive about oral tactile stimulation. The red Chewy Tube® is used with toddlers and older children who are status-post oral surgery.

8. How long will a Chewy Tube last?

  • Chewy Tubes® last for thousands of chews. However, it is recommended that Chewy Tubes® be inspected before each use and replaced when signs of wear become visible.

9. Are Chewy Tubes used with adults?

  • Yes. They are used with adults in skilled nursing facilities to preserve biting and chewing skills. They are used in treatment post oral surgery to keep mobility in the TMJ and post radiation treatment for oral cancer to help prevent trismus from developing and they are used in other oral motor treatment applications in the adult population.
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