Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)

Myofunctional is essentially physiotherapy for the tongue. Similar to other surgical procedures, myofunctional therapy fills the same role to help improve the success of a Frenectomy (surgical procedure to the tongue or lip to release it), adding the supports to increase mobility and restore proper function and posture.

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Early Development

Environmental conditions and parental decisions significantly impact a child’s oral-facial growth and development. Poor dental health can delay a child’s overall physical growth and development, causing difficulty eating and impaired speech. Persistent oral habits like non-nutritive sucking can affect facial growth and oral function, possibly affecting them for the rest of their lives.

As parents, it’s essential to create a healthy environment, make informed decisions about dental care and diet, and address any breathing issues promptly to ensure optimal oral-facial development.

Tongue Posture and Breathing Issues

For kids, mouth breathing can cause a number of problems with their oral health and development. Some changes in facial skeletal development and problems with biting and speaking can be caused by mouth breathing.

In terms of oral health, breathing through your mouth lowers the flow of saliva in children. This makes gum disease and cavities more likely because saliva kills germs and cleans the teeth. It can cause crooked teeth, overcrowding, uneven jaw and face symmetry, gums that can be seen, a small mouth, and pain that won’t go away over time.

Tongue Tied

Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that a person can be born with.

It happens when a short, thick, or tight band of tissue (known as the lingual frenulum) connects the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. This means the person might have difficulty sticking out their tongue or moving it from side to side.

This condition can cause problems with tasks like eating, speaking, and swallowing. For babies, it can make breastfeeding difficult because they need to be able to move their tongue to suck properly.

What is Oral Myofunctional Therapy?

How Oral Myofunctional Therapy Improves Breathing and Swallowing Patterns

Integrating Oral Myofunctional Therapy into Your Dental Wellness Routine

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a program used to treat orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD’s). This program helps to rehabilitate and restore the proper placement and function of the tongue and facial muscles. These muscles are used at rest for chewing, swallowing, breathing, speaking, and facial development and growth.

Correct swallowing depends on a proper relationship between the muscles and nerves of the face, mouth, and throat. They must work together in harmony to achieve the body’s vital balance. Therapy helps to achieve this balance for improved breathing, eating, swallowing, posture, quality of sleep, and overall health.

The four goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) are:

What are Oral Myofunctional Disorders?

Discover the Potential of Oral Myofunctional Therapy for Various Oral Conditions

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) are any atypical patterns of the orofacial muscles that interfere with the proper growth, development, and function of the orofacial structures. OMD’s can negatively impact breastfeeding, chewing, swallowing, speech, jaw movement, and the overall appearance of your face.

If left untreated, OMD’s can lead to other developmental and health concerns, such as:

As an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist, I am trained to identify and treat these disorders. Treatment is client-specific and will vary based on the client’s individual needs.

Please feel free to contact us if you observe any of these signs and symptoms with yourself, your child, or family member.

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Our myofunctional therapy services focus on correcting improper tongue posture, improper breathing, and swallowing patterns to improve overall health and well-being. Whether you struggle with mouth breathing, snoring, or sleep apnea, our team of professionals can help you breathe easier and live better. We help you achieve optimal function and a healthy airway with personalized care and innovative therapy techniques.

Dental hygienists are prevention specialists. Our primary role is to provide preventive and therapeutic clinical care, education, and health promotion to help improve the oral health of our clients. More time is booked to allow proper and thorough care without feeling rushed or part of a production line. We provide flexible hours and the availability to get in sooner for appointments to ensure that clients maintain their ideal interval schedule so that their overall health is not jeopardized.

Our priority is to build rapport with our clients by taking the time to get to know them and listen to their concerns and goals. We genuinely want to elevate our clients to their personal best in aspects of their oral health to achieve optimal health.

Our intention is to alleviate anxiety by providing a comfortable, relaxing setting that brings serenity and calmness to a spa-like experience. We use the newest technology with EMS-guided biofilm therapy, which is minimally invasive, effective, and gentle on the teeth and soft tissues with a heating system with an adjustable water temperature for client comfort.

At your initial appointment, a comprehensive assessment and examination will be performed. This includes reviewing medical and dental history, performing an oral cancer screening, a dry mouth assessment and other risk assessments, a periodontal examination to assess the health of the gums and the bone that supports the teeth, and taking a series of intra-oral photos. Attention will be given to the client's needs, concerns, and goals, which will be considered while designing the treatment plan. Based on the results of this assessment and diagnosis, a client-specific treatment plan will be made with the intention of helping the client achieve a healthy, maintainable oral health status.