What is Orofacial Myology?



Orofacial Myology -

“The study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health. It is the neuromuscular re-education or repatterning of the oral and facial muscles.”


The goals of Orofacial Myology are to..

  • promote a lip seal and normalize freeway space

  • promote a palatal tongue rest position promoting an optimal
    swallowing pattern which includes posterior teeth together

  • promote proper chewing and drinking

  • establish nasal breathing as primary function

  • correct excessive dysfunctional habits.




The American Dental Hygienists' Association Policy Statement in 1992 acknowledges that the scope of dental hygiene practice includes the assessment and evaluation of orofacial myofunctional dysfunction; and further advocates that dental hygienists complete advanced clinical and didactic continuing education prior to providing treatment.