An Examination Of Orofacial Myology

Orofacial medicine is an emerging profession that addresses the needs of speech-swallow disorders, malocclusion, and obstructive sleep disorder (OSA). 

Interdisciplinary professions have joined forces to bridge the gap in orofacial dysfunctions. Tongue Sucking can be one of the reasons for myology disorders in children. 

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Recently, some registered dental hygiene professionals are expanding their clinical training and pursuing courses to become orofacial myologists. Other trained professionals are also taking exams to become IAOM 2 certified to provide therapy to patients. 

The current policy statement of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA), which was adopted in 1992, "acknowledges the scope of dental hygiene practice; further advocates that dental dentists complete advanced clinical education and didactic continuing education before providing treatment to their patients.

A complex history is a part of orofacial myology. It has been reported by Orthodontists for many decades in the pages of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. Journals were published as far back as 1950 and 1960. 

Walter J. Straub DDS, MS recognized orofacial myology in 1962 as the treatment of malocclusion. "Growth and orthodontic treatments alone will not fix tongue-thrusting swallowing. 

However, correction therapy should reeducate the 22 muscles used in normal swallowing to remove the tongue-thrusting habit.

Oral myology has become a well-known therapy. Vaughan Dental and medical professionals are very skilled in diagnosing and correcting the tongue- and lip-tie at birth. This prevents poor eating habits and feeding problems in newborns.