The muscles in your face and mouth perform a variety of functions. When working together, everything runs smoothly, causing no pain. However, when these muscles experience serious problems, not only can you experience extreme discomfort, but it can lead to additional complications in your mouth and body. At Pearl Care Dental, we not only care about your oral health and how it functions but also your overall well-being. If you are struggling with breathing, swallowing, speaking, or even chewing, we can provide a unique and effective method treatment known as myofunctional therapy in Ellensburg. From start to finish, we will be right here with you to help you achieve a better quality of life. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
If you notice that your mouth and facial muscles aren’t working properly and are preventing you from performing some of the most common functions such as eating, chewing, speaking, or swallowing, you have what is known as facial and mouth disorder in Ellensburg, also known as an oral myofunctional disorder (OMD).
OMDs are known to affect people differently, so some of the more frequently noticeable effects include:
While it would be great to be able to pinpoint the one main cause for OMDs, that’s unfortunately not possible. OMDs can be caused by:
Some signs and symptoms of OMD are easy to miss and often not as present as you would think. If you believe you or your child may have OMD, be mindful of the following symptoms:
Oral myofunctional therapy (OMT) uses guided exercises to improve and strengthen facial muscles. It is effective at removing causes of abnormal swallowing as well as improper resting of the tongue. Our team will work with you to improve how your muscles move and function. Regular, consistent exercise is necessary if you want to correct the improper function of your facial muscles.
The typical treatment timeline is between 6 and 12 months, but every patient varies depending on the severity of the issue when treatment begins.
Some of the greatest benefits associated with OMT include: