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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) is behaviors and patterns created by the misuse of the muscles of the face and mouth.

These behaviors can often result in:

-- speech distortions

-- improper alignment of the teeth

-- improper development of jaw growth and facial structure
sleep disordered breathing

-- long term mouth-breathing patterns that compromise overall healthy breathing

-- picky eating and delays in feeding and swallowing

One cause of OMD is retained sucking habits such as sucking fingers, thumb, pacifiers, and clothing. After the age of 4, chronic sucking may begin to do damage and should be addressed. Another cause of OMD is restricted airway due to enlarged tonsils/ adenoids, deviated septum, or allergies. Tongue-tie, neurological/developmental delays, and genetic predispositions also account for OMD occurrance.

Correcting OMD can help stabilize current dental and orthodontic treatments, reduce sleep apnea in children and adults caused by OMD, ease behavioral difficulties/ADHD caused by sleep disordered breathing, eliminate thumb-sucking, improve speech intelligibility and articulation, and establish normal swallow patterns.

We can help you or your child correct these patterns that negatively affect teeth alignment, speech production, and breathing for the rest of your lives. Therapy is a process that requires practice at home, along with sessions with the therapist, until a healthy, typical resting tongue posture and swallow has been achieved.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust
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