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Therapy can restore strength, coordination, and motion of the muscles
of the face and mouth to improve chewing, swallowing, and speaking.
An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is characterized by an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing, or speech. It can also include the presence of abnormal oral habits, upper airway obstruction, chronic finger or thumb sucking, extended pacifier or bottle use, orofacial muscular and structural differences, and genetics.
Signs & Symptoms
- Speech distortion; particularly a frontal lisp
- Chronic open mouth positioning
- Dental abnormalities; such as overjet & open bite
- Tongue thrust: when the tongue pushes against or between the teeth during speech or swallowing.
Abnormal habit patterns and postures can lead to the disruption of dental development.
Most treatment programs are individualized and focus on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing, and speech articulation. Children often need help and encouragement from their family to practice prescribed exercises. The best outcomes are achieved when parents or guardians work with their child every day.
Does someone you know suffer from any of these disorders?
- Tongue Thrust
- Jaw Pain
- Cross Bite
- Nail Biting
- Short Upper Lip
- Sleep Apnea
- Thumb/finger/tongue sucking
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy identifies, prevents and treats disorders of muscle function of the face and mouth. It restores strength, coordination and motion of the muscles of the face and mouth to optimize complex functions such as chewing, swallowing, and speaking.