Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) are inappropriate behaviors and patterns in muscle function and poor habits involving the tongue, lips, jaw, and face. Research indicates that there is a prevalence of 38% in the general population to 81% in children exhibiting speech/articulation problems (Kellum, 1992, Maul et all, 1999).
Our Focus For Remediation:
Eliminating improper or prolonged oral habits: thumb or finger sucking, cuticle/nail biting, teeth clenching/grinding, and tongue, lip or cheek sucking
A forward tongue posture and/or open lip posture (incorrect oral postures)
Tongue Thrust Swallow (incorrect oral phase swallow pattern)
Articulation placement errors
In other words, we re-train those muscles to function properly for chewing, swallowing and speaking.
What Causes of an OMD?
While it is often difficult to pinpoint a single cause of OMD,it can often result from one or more of the following problems:
Improper oral habits including thumb, finger or long-term pacifier sucking and/or sippy cup
Restricted airway due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids; allergies; or chronic nasal obstruction
Structural or physiological abnormalities such as a short lingual frenum (tongue tie) or abnormally large tongue (macroglossia)
Chronic open mouth posture
Neurological or developmental abnormalities
Improper oral habits
Is Oromyofunctional Therapy Effective?
Studies have supported the treatment programs offered for OMDs can be 80-90% effective in remediating abnormal swallowing and oral rest postures and functions with retention over years after treatment completion (Hahn & Hahn, 1992).
We work with all ages (toddler through adults) to eliminate any improper oral habits and retrain the adaptive patterns of muscle function to support optimal growth and development of the orofacial structures (tongue, mouth, jaw and lips).
We also provide assessment and treatment for pre and post frenectomy (ankloglossia/tongue tie revision).
We work closely with other team members which may include your Dentist, Orthodontist, ENT and other professionals as the need presents to provide our client with the most effective treatment plan and outcomes.