CORRECT SWALLOWING DEPENDS ON A PROPER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSCLES OF THE FACE,TONGUE AND THROAT
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) are disorders of the muscles and functions
of the face and mouth. The position of the tongue is one of the most important factors
in facial skeletal, jaw and dental development. OMD may affect, directly and/or indirectly
chewing, speech, swallowing, dental jaw growth, TMJ, cosmetics, infant feeding
(sucking patterns) and facial skeletal growth and development. OMD’s can affect many
aspects of health from breathing/airway constriction, GERD, digestion problems, sleep
disorders, headaches and TMJ - just to name a few! OMD’s can also affect the stabilityof
So what do we do?
OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY (OMT), is a series of therapeutic
exercises to address your specific myofunctional disorder. Teaching a person the proper swallow can reinforce dental jaw and teeth relationships.
Myofunctional Therapy Can Help Prevent Or Solve General Health
Concerns & Enhance Appearance! Some common problems that are associated with these dysfunctional muscle patterns(OMD's), are:
-Crooked teeth or orthodontic relapse!
-Breathing disorders, including mouth breathing!
-Loud and/or messy chewing and eating habits!
-Forward head posture!
-Digestive problems and upset stomach (eg. from air swallowing, acid reflux)!
-Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie
-TMJ (jaw joint) pain!
-Drooling (day or during sleep)
-Attention/behavioral issues (ADD or ADHD)
-Failure to thrive
-Middle ear drainage issues
-Grinding or clenching of the teeth
-Oral lesions from tongue irritation or cheek biting
-Habits, such as thumb sucking, nail, lip or cheek biting, hair chewing, chewing on pens, lick licking!
The goal of Oral Myofunctional therapy is to eliminate the dysfunctional habit
and/or pattern(s), establish nasal breathing, correct resting postures of the
mouth and facial muscles, and correct dysfunctional swallowing patterns.
Correcting muscle function while a person is still growing and
developing encourages proper bone and dental development, making
early identification optimal.
For more information, call Bull Valley Dentistry 1-815-344-2264 to receive your orthodontic consult today.