Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) addresses the oral structures (lips, tongue, jaw, cheeks and palate) and their impact on swallowing skills and oral rest posture. OMT is based on the neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles, and includes facial exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing and swallowing. Incorrect chewing and swallowing and/or incorrect tongue position may have a negative effect on your child’s:
Additional issues that may contribute to an orofacial myofunctional disorder include:
Your dentist or orthodontist may identify these signs during a routine office visit and may recommend an orofacial myofunctional evaluation.
Our OMT specialists are trained in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing and orofacial myofunctional disorders.