Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) impact the function of the mouth and face
The orofacial myofunctional treatment focuses on the muscles of the face and oral region and how they work. The aim is to treat problems relating to the face, jaw and mouth by working to ensure muscles function correctly.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders are atypical and occur during the absence of normal facial pattern of the muscles.
What is orofacial myofunctional therapy?
This treatment is highly individualised to each patient to help them achieve proper muscle functionality and create a healthy orofacial relationship.
Orofacial myology involves short exercises to practice that help to train your muscles to function properly. This treatment can help treat the problem and prevent it from worsening over time. The therapy helps to improve normal functions of the orofacial region.
If you believe you are suffering from an orofacial disorder, it’s important to seek help as the disorder can cause a range of issues.
What age to get orofacial myofunctional therapy at?
You can receive therapy for OMDs at any age. It’s important to bring children in if they are suffering from an orofacial disorder or a bad habit which can cause oral issues, such as thumb sucking, clenching and tongue sucking.
Children from as young as four years old can benefit from therapy. While your child’s muscles, jaw and mouth are still developing, it’s easier to treat any issues.
However, teens and adults can also benefit from therapy for OMDs.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders include:
Lips always rest apart
Thumb and finger sucking habits
Tongue rests forward between the teeth
Clenching or grinding teeth
Malocclusions and misalignments of the teeth
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJD)
Adnormal breathing or swallowing
Facial muscle dysfunction
This isn’t all the possible OMDs, as they include any dysfunction regarding the mouth and facial muscles.
Symptoms of OMDs may include
There are many symptoms that may mean you are suffer from an orofacial disorder, including the following:
Pain in the jaw and face
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
Crooked or crowded teeth
Wrong chewing pattern
Asymmetrical facial appearance
Painful ears while flying
Should you be concerned about OMDs?
If you believe you or your child are suffering from an OMD, it’s important to seek treatment. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a good place to begin as it helps to train the muscles and avoids any form of surgical treatment.
Failing to address OMDs can result in a range of problems affecting swallowing, chewing, speech and breathing ability. OMDs can also impact the alignment of your teeth, jaw and facial asymmetry.
Speak to the orofacial experts at Oracare in Cleveland QLD
The team at Oracare can help you or your child improve muscle function of the orofacial area and prevent any problems from worsening. Stop bad habits today and improve your ability to swallow, chew, speak and breathe. Contact the orofacial experts at Oracare.
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