Myofunctional therapy involves correcting the improper functioning of the mouth and tongue. The improper functioning of the mouth, tongue, and surrounding tissues are categorized under Oral Myofunctional Disorder (OMD). This disorder primarily affects the regions of the mouth, face and its surrounding tissues. As this disorder prolongs it begins to affect the normal functioning of the mouth such as chewing, swallowing, functioning of the temporomandibular joints, and other functions.
How do Myofunctional Disorders originate?
Myofunctional disorders generally originate while the patient is still young. Studies show that most myofunctional disorders find their way in children as a result of:
- Mouth breathing.
- Thumb sucking.
- Improper swallowing.
- Tongue thrusting.
Several myofunctional habits such as these are the primary cause of the many dental problems that children start to suffer at a very young age.
What are the common dental problems that OMD can cause?
Oral Myofunctional Disorder can lead to the following dental problems which can ultimately affect the child’s appearance:
- Crooked teeth.
- Misalignments of the jaw structure.
How can we treat Oral Myofunctional Disorders?
Oral Myofunctional Disorders can be treated with the help of Myofunctional Therapy. This will allow to correct myofunctional habits in children such as thumb or finger sucking, the incorrect posture of the tongue, correct the child’s swallowing patterns, and mouth breathing. Myofunctional therapy will help to guide the teeth into a more desirable position during the child’s early development, improve the child’s facial appearance and aesthetics.
How will Myofunctional Therapy help your child?
Myofunctional Therapy with help to correct myofunctional disorders in children. This will help your child in the following ways.s
- It will help to improve the patient’s sleeping habits.
- It will prevent mouth breathing.
- It will help to identify the cause and rectify dental issues due to crooked teeth.
- It helps to improve misalignments helping to improve the child’s facial appearance and posture having a positive impact on the child’s confidence.
- Helps to prevent chances of TMD and sleep apnea.
- It will certainly help to prevent the child from using braces in the future.
Myofunctional therapy has helped millions of parents help solve their children’s dental problems.Dr. Stephanie Loller is specialized in Myofunctional Therapy. Call us or book an appointment with us to understand more about how we can help improve your child’s oral health.