Orofacial Myology & Breathing in Melbourne's CBD
We treat orofacial myofunctional disorders in Melbourne, VIC, and the therapies used are designed to help people of all ages, including children.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders deal with abnormal positioning of the jaw, tongue or lips when not speaking, swallowing or using the mouth.
Children: Orofacial Myology and Breathing in Melbourne, VIC
If your child suffers from this disorder, our Melbourne, VIC oral health therapist and orofacial myologist, Stamatoula Tsantes, wants to help.
Notable causes or behaviour patterns in children that may contribute to or cause orofacial myofunctional disorders include:
- Hand or finger mouthing and sucking
- Holding the lips apart when at rest
- Airway obstruction
- Facial muscle or structural issues
- Extended bottle or pacifier use
If you notice the above behaviours in your child, it does not necessarily mean they have an orofacial myofunctional disorder. However, we recommend visiting our Melbourne, VIC dental clinic to rule out the disorder, especially if you notice any or some or all of the following symptoms:
- Mouth open when not speaking or chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Speech difficulties—a lisp, for example
- Dental bite issues—overbite, crossbite, underbite
- Tongue thrusting or tongue resting between or against teeth
In some cases, this may be an adaptive behaviour, but the habits can interfere with or cause ongoing problems for your child, including:
- Improper jaw growth in children
- Relapse following braces or other orthodontics
- Periodontal problems
- Bite misalignment
The oral issues associated with orofacial myofunctional disorders can have a significant impact on your child as he or she ages.
Bite misalignment, for example, can lead to tooth erosion and cavities, and improper jaw growth may exacerbate the need for orthodontics.
We want your child to have the best head start in oral health and a winning smile.
Adults: Orofacial Myology and Breathing in Melbourne, VIC
In adults, the symptoms may manifest differently and include:
- TMJ pain
- Breathing obstruction problems—obstructive sleep apnea for example
- Facial pain
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) in Melbourne, VIC refers to disorders of the joints that connect the jaw to the face, which can cause locked jaw, jaw popping, chronic headaches, facial pain, difficulty or pain when chewing.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that means breathing ceases several times during the night. Obstructive sleep apnea, when left untreated, has been linked in studies to a sudden heart attack or stroke.
Treatments for Orofacial Myology and Breathing
At Dimos Dental & Facial Aesthetics, our therapies concentrate on keeping the airway open, exercises to encourage proper jaw growth and oral appliances to assist with both.
Myobraces, expanders or oral appliances to help with jaw growth and to help keep the airway open—the latter for those with sleep apnea or airway obstruction—may be in order.
Exercises can include tongue or facial posturing or resting, swallowing therapy, or speech coaching.
We Invite You to Contact Our Dental Clinic for an Evaluation
If you would like to be evaluated or have your child examined for orofacial myofunctional disorder, we invite you to arrange an exam. Our orofacial myologist in Melbourne, VIC would like to help.