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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in children and adults

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Speaking of Speech Therapy Services specializes in

  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust

  • Tethered Oral Tissues Evaluation/ Tongue Tie

  • TMD/ TMJD

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

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

OMD Symptoms: 

  • speech distortions

  • mouth breathing

  • drooling

  • 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

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD/TMJD)

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 occurrence. 

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.

Tongue-Tie Assessment

Tongue-tie is when there is a band of tissue that restricts the movement of the tongue. It is not uncommon for this band of tissue to exist, but it only becomes problematic when function of the tongue is affected. Tongue-tie can affect breastfeeding, swallowing, eating, and speaking. It can have affects lasting into adulthood on dentition, oral structures, breathing (especially at night), and TMJ dysfunction. 

Along with a tongue-tie, an individual might also have a lip-tie. A lip-tie might affect breastfeeding but could also create cosmetic issues with dentition as well as possible speech sound issues.

Together, tongue-tie and lip-tie are often called Tethered Oral Tissues. If you have a question about Tethered Oral Tissues for you or your child, we can help you determine if a functional problem exists and help make a plan for you. 

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