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Orofacial Myofunctional
Assessment and Intervention

According to the International Academy of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), "Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are atypical, adaptive orofacial patterns. The use of these movements can affect many areas.

Examples of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) include one or a combination of the following:

  • Oral habits (thumb, finger, or object sucking)

  • Open mouth breathing

  • A forward resting posture of the tongue between or against the teeth

  • Tongue thrust swallow"

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are often related to, or can contribute to a variety of medical and dental disorders. Benefits of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can include:

  • Correcting and improving tongue and lip postures following or in conjunction with tongue tie revision, tonsil and adenoidectomy, or treatment of chronic allergies

  • Improved dental eruption and alignment

  • Assisting in the stabilization of the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment or jaw surgery

  • Improving speech sounds ("s, z, sh, ch, j, l r") if secondary to OMD

Our comprehensive evaluations are more than just a start to therapy. In addition to evaluation, we select the best therapy approach appropriate for your child and may direct you to other specialists as needed.

Adapted from the IAOM website. 

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