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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

  • Weak lips

  • And many more!

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I have worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1996 and I love it! I love the connection I make with my patients and their families. I enjoy 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.

I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, Wyoming Dental Hygiene Association, International Association of Orofacial Myology, and an ambassador to The Breathe Institute.

Call me to see if it can help you change your life as well!

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