Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

A program designed to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used for chewing, swallowing and while at rest.

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Dina Ezagui MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH, QOM, MS-Ed SBL/SDL
Orofacial Myologist
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Orofacial Myology

A program designed to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used for chewing, swallowing and while at rest.

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Dina Ezagui MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH, QOM, MS-Ed SBL/SDL
Orofacial Myologist
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  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder

What is an OMD?

Orofacial myofunctional disorder refers to improper function of the facial muscles, tongue and mouth. OMDs may directly or indirectly affect facial growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech articulation, occlusion, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics and more. Several factors can contribute to OMDs, one being inherited muscle patterns. Another is airway obstruction.

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  • Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of OMDs

Symptoms of orofacial myofunctional disorders can be very obvious or happen over a period of time and be unclear. Certain habits or conditions can interfere with proper actions of orofacial muscles causing OMD. These muscles include cheeks, jaw, lips and tongue. When these muscles function incorrectly due to habits or conditions, it can lead to improper development. This atypical development causes the muscles to have incorrect adaptations and not work in balance which can cause a variety of problems.

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Orthodontic Relapse
  • Chronic Tension
  • Mood Disorders
  • Jaw Pain
  • Toxic Oral Habits
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Snoring

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Grinding

  • Swallowing Difficulty

  • Poor Posture

  • Sleep Apnea

  • Tongue-Tie

  • Speech Problems

  • Our Program

Orofacial Myofunctional Program

Goals of the Program

  • Eliminate habits

  • Find resting tongue position

  • Achieve adequate lip seal at rest

  • Find typical pattern of swallowing

  • Have bilateral chewing

  • Correct drinking habits

  • Encourage nasal breathing

  • Establish good head and neck posture

Our Program is appropriate for children, teens and adults. Program goals are individualized and are meant to create new healthy oral habits. The benefit of healthy habits can include nasal breathing, a proper swallow pattern, favorable resting tongue position and preserving orthodontic results from this program.

This program is comprehensive and covers a variety of oral problems. This program helps reverse damaging habits, such as tongue thrust. This program can last from six months to a year. The objective of this program is to eliminate bad habits, demonstrate therapeutic facial exercises, develop proper lip seal and tongue placement and teach chewing and swallowing patterns to reinforce good habits. These goals will help the structures in the mouth stay in balance and habitualizing the learned behaviors is most important for long term success.

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Let’s Change Things

Orofacial Myology Programs have helped literally thousands of individuals, in dozens of countries, for over 50 years!

“Dina is fabulous. She goes the extra-mile to make sure you understand how you are progressing and will communicate with you to keep you fully informed.”

Dina Ezagui MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH, QOM, MS-Ed SBL/SDL
Orofacial Myologist
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