OMDs

An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is characterized by an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing, or speech. It can also include abnormal oral habits.

Symptoms

Some symptoms can include: Speech distortion; particularly a frontal lisp and Chronic open mouth positioning. Dental abnormalities; such as overjet and open bite

Treatment

Treatment is individualized and focus on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing, and speech articulation. The best outcomes are achieved when prescribed exercises are practiced every day.

Signs of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Can also include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Tongue-Tie
  • Jaw Pain
  • Snoring
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Grinding
  • Swallowing Difficulty
  • Poor Posture
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Speech Problems
  • Digestive Issues
  • Orthodontic Relapse
  • Chronic Tension
  • Mood Disorders

Myofunctional Therapy

Most recent scientific literature has shown that treatment for orofacial myofunctional disorders can be 80-90% effective in correcting swallow and rest posture functions. It also shows these corrections are retained years after successful completion of treatment (Hahn & Hahn, 1992).

Patients are individually evaluated to discover all of the factors, which may be involved. This is especially important where there are dental, medical, or speech concerns. The professionally-trained orofacial myologist will make the decision whether or not the patient would benefit from treatment. A multidisciplinary professional approach is vital to successful treatment and includes: dentists, orthodontists, allergists, and physicians.

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Myofunctional Therapy

Most recent scientific literature has shown that treatment for orofacial myofunctional disorders can be 80-90% effective in correcting swallow and rest posture functions. It also shows these corrections are retained years after successful completion of treatment (Hahn & Hahn, 1992).

Patients are individually evaluated to discover all of the factors, which may be involved. This is especially important where there are dental, medical, or speech concerns. The professionally-trained orofacial myologist will make the decision whether or not the patient would benefit from treatment. A multidisciplinary professional approach is vital to successful treatment and includes: dentists, orthodontists, allergists, and physicians.

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Sherry Cline, BSDH

Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

  • Registered dental hygienist for 20 years

    • Graduated from Phoenix College 2001
    • President of my graduating class
    • Graduated with Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene 2020
    • 3.6 GPA
  • Dental Coordinator and volunteer for The Flying Samaritans Phoenix Chapter

    • Volunteer group of medical and dental providers servicing free care in Baja, Mexico
  • Arizona Native (2nd generation)
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine staff

    • Instruct dental students on dental hygiene, periodontal disease and clinical instrumentation along with clinical hygiene patient load.
  • Laser Certification for Er,Cr:YSGG dental laser

  • Completion of classes:

    • AOMT orofacial myofunctional therapy
    • Tongue-Tie academy
    • Fast and functional TMJ treatments
    • Buteyko Breathing
  • Inventor and owner of Aqua Aire cushion

  • Hobbies include:

    • Motorcycle riding
    • Cooking
    • Golfing
    • Rock climbing
    • Hiking with my dog