Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)

OMDOrofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) are problems with the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.

Often, the disorders involve abnormal positioning of the lips, jaw or tongue during rest, swallowing or speech.

Southeast HealthPoint Rehab is on the only rehab center in the region to offer orofacial myofunctional therapy. Paige Goodman, MA, CCC-SLP, CTOM, is a speech-language pathologist with advanced training and experience teaching exercises that provide long-lasting benefits.

Appointments for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy treatment at HealthPoint Rehabilitation are through referral by your physician or dentist. The treatment is covered by most insurance plans. As an added convenience for patients, insurance forms are filed by HealthPoint Rehabilitation.

Symptoms

  • Tongue thrust
  • Mouth chronically positioned open
  • Speech disorder, particularly a lisp
  • Dental abnormalities such as overjet and open bite

Causes

  • Chronic thumb or finger sucking
  • Prolonged use of pacifiers
  • Cheek or nail biting
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Restricted nasal airway due to enlarged tonsils, adenoids and/or allergies
  • Tongue-tie (when a membrane holds the tongue to the floor of the mouth)

Effects

  • Speech problems
  • Inability to keep lips together and mouth closed
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Misalignment of teeth and jaw
  • Delay in arrival of permanent teeth
  • Unstable orthodontic results
  • Poor dental health

Treatment

  • OMT has proven to be 80-90% effective in correcting disorders, with its benefits lasting years after therapy is completed
  • Treatment is painless and the exercises are relatively simple
  • Effective for adults and children providing children are mature enough to complete training. For most children, that is approximately 7-8 years old.