Presenting at the Ottawa Dental Hygienists Society
Our Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist, Alicia Proper OMT RDH, is presenting a live online webinar for the Ottawa Dental Hygienists Society on April. 26th 2023 from 7 to 9pm EST.
To find out more and sign up for this exciting talk, click here:
You See The Damage Caused By Orofacial Muscle Disorders Every Day
I graduated Dental Hygiene from John Abbott College in 2007.
I have seen what Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can do for your patients.
After studying Orofacial Myology I understand why so many of my patient's disorders throughout my years were left unanswered and without productive referrals.
Patients that have jaws that get tired, crunch, crack, click, or are unable to open wide. Chronic headaches with no etiology. Unexplained mobile teeth (no perio involvement). Ortho that relapses. Frequent caries and rolled red gingiva in mouths that floss. Overnight dry mouth with or without medication. Healthier patients with increasing blood pressure. Calling crowded/crooked teeth "genetic" and then doing nothing until it is time for ortho. All of these disorders do have answers.
Let us work together, igniting a myriad of health advantages in the short and long-term for your patients.
Do Your Patients Have Any of these symptoms?
Excellent oral hygiene, yet prone to caries with rolled red gingiva.
Sleep disordered breathing (snoring or apnea diagnosis).
Sinus infections or maxilla ghost pressure pains.
Mobile teeth or bone loss without perio.
Unexplained facial, jaw, neck or upper back pain.
Jaw discomforts, clicking, crunching, cracking, limited range of motion.
The many types of teeth crowding/crooked.
Dry mouth overnight.
These are all side-effects of detrimental habits which can be improved
Some of the Orofacial Dysfunctions We Re-Train
"If mouth breathing is treated early, its negative effects on facial and dental development, along with medical and social problems associated with it, can be reduced or averted"16
Causes Long Face Syndrome11,16,19,23
Narrow Jaw & Face
Poorly Defined Cheekbones
Jaw Set Back/Malocclusion
Dries out our bodies and mouths 42% more than nasal breathing, contributes to dehydration22
Causes cavities and gum disease23
Narrow Jaw & Palate, Crooked/Crowded Teeth
Soft Foods = Shrinking Jaws
Stanford University Article, Shrinking Jaws:36
Tongue Thrust During Atypical Swallowing
Even an untoned tongue is made of 8 strong muscles. The tongue resting incorrectly puts considerable pressure against oral structures. These structures don't have the strength to resist causing bone loss around the teeth and tooth mobility (one cause of periodontal disease).17,18,19
Repetitive Non-Nutritive Oral Habits
Habits: Sucking thumb, finger, lips, or biting nails, cheeks, tongue, hair...etc.
Open Bites, Malocclusion, Crooked Teeth38,39,41,45
Long Face Syndrome39,41,42,43,45
Sleep Disordered Breathing12
The Oral-Facial Advantage Program
Most programs last approximately 1 year.
Patients are seen weekly and assigned exercises that tone or relax the muscles in their head/neck region specific to their disorder.
You will be updated throughout their treatment progress.
At What Age Can Patients Begin Oral-Facial Muscle Therapy?
The biggest impact can be made with children since their oral-facial structure and behavior is in a more flexible stage of growth. As adults, our muscles and tissues can be toned and relaxed where needed, making a large impact on how we age and the quality of life into our senior years. Make a difference in your health at any age.
Mature 3 to 4 year old mouth breathers can learn nasal breathing.
A mentally prepared 5 year old can begin the Oral Habit Elimination Program.
A 7 to 8 year old and up can start the Oral-Facial Advantage Program.
Who is Eligible for a Free Consult?
All ages can come in for a free consult.
It is a great opportunity for the patient's questions to be answered and to meet the Orofacial Myologist.
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