From tongue thrust to tongue tie, there are several disorders affecting specific facial features among children. These are known as orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders are muscular problems in the face, mouth, jaw and lips. They can adversely impact a child’s ability to speak, eat or swallow. Orofacial myofunctional disorders are extremely common among children. They are primarily due to abnormal positioning of the lips, jaw or tongue during speech and/or swallowing.
A child’s tongue may lie too far forward during rest or stick out between the upper and lower teeth during speech, swallowing or rest. This may cause unwanted pressure on the teeth and can take a toll on the dental alignment and jaw growth.
The causes of orofacial myofunctional disorders
Broadly speaking a child may develop orofacial myofunctional disorders due to thumb sucking, finger sucking, excessive use of pacifier, genetics, orofacial muscular and structural differences or upper airway obstruction.
Symptoms to watch out for
If you suspect your child is affected by orofacial myofunctional disorder, check for these signs:
- Chronic or persistent open mouth positioning
- Sleep distortion (frontal lisp)
- Dental issues
- Tongue thrust
- Tongue tie
What Can Be Done
A myofunctional therapist can evaluate your child’s face and mouth structure to determine whether they have orofacial myofunctional disorder. Along with a physical examination, they will observe the way your child speaks, eats and swallows food.
It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if your child is suffering from the disorder. In addition, orofacial myofunctional disorders may negatively affect children’s self-esteem and shatter their confidence. This is because the affected children look, speak and swallow differently than other children. Naturally, they may become conscious about their appearance.
Myofunctional therapy is a natural therapy plan for strengthening orofacial muscles and restoring the proper functioning of the face, lips, mouth and jaws.
It is safer than surgery and does not have side effects, unlike medication.
If you need a trained and caring myofunctional therapist, get in touch with Olga Fazlyeva at Connected Dots.
She offers myofunctional therapy services online, via Skype. After assessing a child’s condition during a 30-minute consultation, she recommends the correct therapy plan.
In addition, she offers flexible payment plans and a great discount for therapy of more than two family members.
No matter where you live, you can easily schedule and access myofunctional therapy sessions at Connected Dots from the comfort of your home.
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