What is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial myofunctional disorders are muscle disorders of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, and jaw. The goal of myofunctional therapy is to reeducate the movement of muscles, restore correct swallowing patterns, and establish correct tongue posture. Correct resting tongue posture is essential for proper facial growth, dental development, speech development, and breathing.

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What is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial myofunctional disorders are muscle disorders of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, and jaw. The goal of myofunctional therapy is to reeducate the movement of muscles, restore correct swallowing patterns, and establish correct tongue posture. Correct resting tongue posture is essential for proper facial growth, dental development, speech development, and breathing.

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Sleep Apnea and OMT

Myofunctional therapy is a program of specific exercises that target the facial muscles used to chew and swallow. These exercises strengthen the tongue. Muscle weakness within the tongue, mouth, and upper throat may lead to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

TMJ Pain and OMT

A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a very common problem. TMJ is often viewed as a repetitive motion disorder and eventual breakdown of the masticatory structures (jaw joint and surrounding muscles).

Sleep Apnea and OMT

Myofunctional therapy is a program of specific exercises that target the facial muscles used to chew and swallow. These exercises strengthen the tongue. Muscle weakness within the tongue, mouth, and upper throat may lead to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

TMJ Pain and OMT

A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a very common problem. TMJ is often viewed as a repetitive motion disorder and eventual breakdown of the masticatory structures (jaw joint and surrounding muscles).

Thumb Sucking

Dentists are interested in prevention and want thumb sucking to cease early so that normal processes of orofacial growth and development are not disrupted. Most orthodontists feel it is crucial to deal with thumb/ finger sucking habit by the time the adult front teeth begin to erupt in order to prevent malocclusions from developing.

Prolonged Pacifier Use

When the pacifier is inserted in the mouth, the jaw opens beyond its normal position, increasing the vertical dimension. This increase can cause the face to grow long and narrow (long face syndrome). With continued sucking, the mouth is opened for a prolonged period of time. The cheek muscles create tension and help to pull the hard palate downwards.

Thumb Sucking

Dentists are interested in prevention and want thumb sucking to cease early so that normal processes of orofacial growth and development are not disrupted. Most orthodontists feel it is crucial to deal with thumb/ finger sucking habit by the time the adult front teeth begin to erupt in order to prevent malocclusions from developing.

Prolonged Pacifier Use

When the pacifier is inserted in the mouth, the jaw opens beyond its normal position, increasing the vertical dimension. This increase can cause the face to grow long and narrow (long face syndrome). With continued sucking, the mouth is opened for a prolonged period of time. The cheek muscles create tension and help to pull the hard palate downwards.

Tongue Ties

In some people the frenum may be too short or too tight and it can restrict the movement of the tongue, as well as prevent the tongue from resting in its correct, healthy rest posture. This can affect the way a person speaks, swallows, chews their food, or breathes.

Airway Issues

As children grow, proper breathing is essential to their health, growth development, and educational success. Early detection and correction of airway problems can be integral to optimizing this fundamental and critical physiology.

Tongue Ties

In some people the frenum may be too short or too tight and it can restrict the movement of the tongue, as well as prevent the tongue from resting in its correct, healthy rest posture. This can affect the way a person speaks, swallows, chews their food, or breathes.

Airway Issues

As children grow, proper breathing is essential to their health, growth development, and educational success. Early detection and correction of airway problems can be integral to optimizing this fundamental and critical physiology.

An Individualized Treatment with Brevard OMT

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Combat Dental Issues

Dental development and dental health can be affected by OMDs. Combat gingivitis, bite alignment issues, and other complications related to problems like tongue thrust.

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Feel Confident Again

Learn how to love your smile again. Your appearance and confidence can take a hit when dealing with bigger problems like orofacial myology. Therapy can help solve issues inside and out.

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Therapy for Anyone

While therapy works best with children suffering from palate growth to digit sucking, anyone can be affected by OMDs. Our therapy can help improve your life, no matter your age.

An Individualized Treatment with Brevard OMT

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Combat Dental Issues

Dental development and dental health can be affected by OMDs. Combat gingivitis, bite alignment issues, and other complications related to problems like tongue thrust.

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Feel Confident Again

Learn how to love your smile again. Your appearance and confidence can take a hit when dealing with bigger problems like orofacial myology. Therapy can help solve issues inside and out.

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Therapy for Anyone

While therapy works best with children suffering from palate growth to digit sucking, anyone can be affected by OMDs. Our therapy can help improve your life, no matter your age.

Causes and Consequences of OMDs

Orofacial myology disorders are common and can be caused by several things. OMDs can be caused by issues relating to either genetics or behavioral problems. Genetic issues such as an oversized tongue, a high frenum attachment, or mandibular development can cause OMDs. Early behavioral problems can also lead to OMDs: prolonged digit or pacifier sucking or bottle feeding, open mouth breathing, and problems with partials or dentures. Luckily, all of these can be helped or solved with Brevard OMT!

It’s important to work with a professional to combat issues that come from orofacial myology disorders. Consequences of OMDs can include: physical discomfort and health problems, nutritional and digestive issues, orthodontic and dental health issues, abnormal dental development, emotional issues, speech complications, and more. By undergoing individualized, professional therapy, problems like these can be mitigated and solved. Improve your life with Brevard OMT.

About Brevard OMT

Katrina Dahdah is an orofacial myologist trained under IAOM. She has worked in the world of dentistry for the last 18 years, mainly practicing dental hygiene. Over the years, she has discovered that there are many patients with orofacial myofunctional issues of different severities concerning all age groups.

OMT originated within the field of orthodontics as early as 1907 with Edward Angle and Alfred Rogers. Edward Angle’s publication, Malocclusion of the Teeth, identifies the resting posture of the tongue as a barrier for orthodontic treatment. In the early 1970’s, a team of therapists founded what is now known as the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

Myofunctional Therapists work hand in hand with dentists, orthodontists, pediodontists, ENT specialists, speech pathologists, oral surgeons, pediatricians, and the patients themselves.

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