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Know About Orofacial Myofunctional Conditions

OMDs can affect children, teens, and adults. OMDs can affect the normal growth and development of the muscles, bones, and skin of the mouth and face. OMDs can also affect how the muscles in the mouth and face are used for eating, speaking, and breathing. 

OMDs can also cause problems in breathing, swallowing, and talking. Children may push their tongues out when they speak, drink, or eat. This is called tongue thrusting, fronting, and it is one form of OMD. You can cure these problems with the help of Myology therapy.

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Signs and Symptoms

A person may not have OMD if they experience any of these symptoms. For more information, consult a professional.

These signs could indicate an OMD:

  • A person who cannot breathe through their nose or mouth.

  • Limited tongue movement

  • Eating can be messy and difficult. It is normal for babies’ tongues to be pushed outwards when eating. They will stop doing this as they get older.

  • Overbite, underbite, and/or other problems with the teeth are all possible.

  • Even though a person isn’t talking or using their tongue, the tongue pushes past the teeth.

  • Some sounds are difficult to pronounce, such as “s” in the “sun”, “sh” at “ship,” and “j” in the “jump”.

  • Dooling, especially after age 2.

  • It is difficult to close your lips and swallow.

Causes

OMDs are not caused by a single, identifiable cause. OMDs can be caused by many factors.

  • Tonsil size, allergies, or other factors can block the nasal passages. People may have to use their mouths instead of the nasal passages if they are blocked.




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