Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.
OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.
While it is often difficult to pinpoint a single cause of OMD, it can often result from one or more of the following problems:
An OMD may lead to an abnormal bite – the improper alignment between the upper and lower teeth known as malocclusion.
This problem may lead to difficulties in biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting of food. If you want more information about tongue thrusts, please contact us today.
Myofunctional therapy is suitable for everyone from age 4 on up. Treatment around the age of 7 or 8 is ideal as oral habits are less ingrained at this stage and easier to change, encouraging healthy dental growth.
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