Dental and Orofacial Myology
At the Children’s Osteopathic Centre we have a clinical focus on integrative dentistry. This includes assessing jaw function, tongue posture, swallowing patterns and how these affect the formation of the dental arch and position of the teeth.
Orofacial myology is the study of the oral and facial muscles. Normal facial muscle tone and tongue position are essential for healthy facial growth, dental and speech development, and breathing. This integrative treatment approach involves neuromuscular re-education and strengthening of the tongue, lips, mouth and jaw through a series of exercises. Postural exercises are also vitally important in the orofacial myology program.
A consultation involves an in-depth case history, intra-oral examination, taking measurements and photographs (with written consent), to compare before and after treatment results.
Treatment may be helpful in the following situations:
- after orthodontic adjustments (braces or plates)
- after teeth extraction
- tongue-thrust swallow (abnormal swallow pattern)
- thumb sucking (and other oral fixations)
- dummy usage
- excessive drooling
- jaw problems and incorrect chewing
- sleep-disordered breathing, snoring and/or sleep apnea
- mouth breathing and open mouth posture
Orofacial myology is often most effective in conjunction with other health professionals, such as dentists, sleep and ENT specialists, gut health specialist, allergists and breathing retraining.