A quick guide to orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and how they impede the development, function and normal growth of facial structure.
Both adults and children can develop OMDs. OMDs are often diagnosed in conjunction with speech, eating, breathing and swallowing disorders.
OMDs may include the following:
There is not a single cause of OMDs and they can be influenced by several factors:
Overtime, OMDs negatively impact the development of the facial structure.
This begins the snowball effect altering:
Treatment for OMDs typically starts with Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. The word Myo means of muscle or related to muscles. The word myofunctional is related to or concerned with muscle function.
Myofunctional therapy’s goal is to retrain the muscles to function properly and it is painless and the exercises are relatively simple.
When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit.
Myofunctional therapy also aims at restoring nasal breathing, correcting tongue arrangement at rest, and correcting the inability to swallow properly.
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