Orofacial Myofunctional disorders (OMD) is a disorder that is characterized by incorrect resting and functioning patterns involving the tongue, lips, jaw, and facial muscles. It can occur at any age.
OMD overtime can cause:
Dental malocclusions (teeth not closing properly)
Atypical pattern of swallowing (thrusting of the tongue to swallow)
Mispronunciation of sounds
Cosmetic problems (development of a long face, retruded chin)
Jaw joint pain
And many more!
AUDRA STUMBAUGH, COM®
CERTIFIED OROFACIAL MYOLOGIST
I have worked as a clinical Registered Dental Hygienist for the past 23 years and I love it! I love the connection I make with my patients and their families. I love being able to make a
difference in their lives, but every now and then I would stumble across something I could not answer or help them with. All the "tools I had in my belt" were not working. Why am I not able to help this mom help her child to stop sucking their thumb? Why am I not able to help this patient with his/her TMJ, clenching/grinding problem? What am I missing with this recession and tongue ties?
Then it came to me. I attended a Dental Hygiene convention and took a class in Orofacial Myofunctional disorders. There it was! There is what I have been missing! The light bulb went off. I began seeing how I can help my patients in all of
those areas and more! This led me to begin my journey of becoming a Certified Orofacial Myologist through the International Association of Orofacial Myology.
Call me to see if it can help you change your life as well!