What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

OMT is the neurologic re-education of the oral facial muscles. Orofacial myofunctional disorders may cause an impairment in swallowing, chewing, speech articulation, breathing and negatively affect the position of the lips, cheeks and tongue.

 

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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
Growth, Development and Function [Source: Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry]
Growth and Development (ages 3 to 5) [Source: Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry] 
Growth and Development (ages 6 to12) [Source: Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry]
Growth and Development (ages 13+) [Source: Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry] 

OMT can benefit those with: 

  • Tongue tie and lip tie

  • Open mouth posture

  • Speech misarticulations (lisp)

  • Tongue thrust

  • Malocclusion (including crossbites, underbites and overjet)

  • Improve lip seal

  • TMJ disorders

  • Habits affecting dentiton (thumb sucking)

  • Atypical swallowing and chewing

  • Oral breathing

  • Low tongue posture 

What are some causes of orofacial myofunctional disorders?
  • Tongue tie and lip tie
  • Overuse of pacifier and sippy cup
  • Breast feeding complications
  • Finger sucking and other oral habits
  • Diet of soft processed food
All of which may cause atypical changes to oral structures and development 
Abnormal oral development may cause:
  • Mouth breathing habit
  • Behavioral issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Posture problem
  • Speech problem 
  • Swallowing disorder (tongue thrust)
  • TMJ disorders
  • Snoring/obstructive sleep apnea
 

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