Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are the dysfunction of the muscles of the mouth and face characterized by any atypical pattern that interferes with normal growth, development and function of the facial and mouth muscles used to speak, chew and swallow. If left untreated, it may directly or indirectly affect breastfeeding, facial growth, chewing, swallowing, speech, hygiene, and more
Open Mouth Posture
Noxious oral Habits
(Thumb & digit sucking, pacifier, nail biting)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
*These are common symptoms included but not limited in OMD's*
Tongue thrust is an abnormal placement of the tongue (front/side) during swallowing. It can create an open bite, cause a relapse in orthodontic treatment and possible lisping. Often times it’s found to exist in those with air way obstruction. Read Article
Prolonged oral habits displace the lips, tongue and/or jaw from their natural rest posture. Severity of the incorrect muscle function depends on frequency, duration and intensity of the habit.
Tongue tie is a condition of altered tongue mobility due to the presence of restrictive tissue between the undersurface of the tongue and the floor of mouth. When there is such a restriction it could impair optimal oral functions. Some examples are speech, chewing & swallowing. Read Article
Lip incompetence is an inability to maintain a lips together, closed mouth posture at rest and showing strain in the muscles around the face when a lip seal is attempted. Possible causes: Allergies, deviated septum, tongue thrusting, weak muscle tone, digit sucking, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, sleep disorders. This condition can obstruct your airway, leading to chronic mouth breathing. Read Article
Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) may be caused by too much strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group that controls chewing, swallowing, and speech. This may be due to teeth grinding, injury to the jaw, head, or neck, or arthritis. Symptoms may include jaw pain, headaches, earaches, limited mouth motions, and jaw clicking, popping, or locking. Read Article
Scientists and doctors have realized that not only is sleep apnea far more widespread than we ever knew, but the health concerns around it are more alarming than we imagined. For example, did you know that sleep apnea in children is actually quite common? Or that it has been linked to a number of conditions including ADD/ADHD, reduced IQ, developmental issues, and can even stunt a child’s growth? Read Article
Oral rest posture. Where is your tongue resting right now?
Swallowing or Feeding Issues? High Palate or Tongue Tie?
Mouth breathing and it's impact on craniofacial growth and development