WHAT IS OMT?
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.
DID YOU KNOW…
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.