People with orofacial myofunctional disorders have abnormal resting positions of the mouth and tongue. The muscles of the tongue and mouth may not be flexible or strong enough for fully normal activity. Patients in myofunctional therapy learn how to strengthen the tongue and the muscles of the mouth to improve function and eliminate associated problems.
About the Disorder
The disorder may cause some difficulty speaking clearly, such as a lisp. There might be disordered breathing during sleep. The resting facial expression could look unusual.
These individuals might breathe through the mouth even though their nose is not congested. The lips may rarely be closed. The way a person positions his or her tongue when it is at rest also can indicate an orofacial myofunctional disorder.
The Ideal Resting Position
Ideally, a person’s resting face has the lips and teeth closed. The tongue rests gently on the upper palate. The tongue does not thrust out between the lips or frequently move restlessly around the mouth.
Patients must comply with instructions to resolve these problems but staying motivated can be an issue. There may be requirements for repeated exercises that children and adults alike find tedious. Parents might consider rewarding the youngsters periodically for the successful completion of their exercise sessions.
Myofunctional therapy is offered by certain medical doctors and family dental clinics and usually is provided to children. However, adults who have these problems can benefit as well. Anyone interested in this therapy may learn about the dental practice at Beyond Smiles of Park Ridge. For more details contact them or visit their website.