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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy treats issues with the muscles responsible for chewing and swallowing. Orofacial myofunctional problems include a variety of postural and functional disorders, including sucking habits and uncontrolled oral positioning or functions of the tongue, lips, jaw, and face.

The purpose of myofunctional therapy is to establish proper oral rest posture. A common disorder is “tongue thrust.” Those with this condition rest their tongue against or between the front or side teeth during swallowing rather than lifting into the palate (roof of the mouth). The constant pressure of the tongue and lips have a significant influence on the oral structure and how misalignments, improper bite, and other dental problems develop. These issues can lead to difficulties in biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food. Sleep disorders, speech problems, and even ADD issues can also occur.

Myofunctional therapy can restore confidence and self-esteem by improving eating, speaking, breathing, and sleeping problems. The therapy consists of painless exercises that are simple to do, and treatment time is usually over a 6 to 12-month period. The treatment is unique and can make major life-enhancing changes that affect the entire body.

To learn more about Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Tebbi.

*Information from the International Association of Orofacial Myology


    

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