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Orofacial Myofunctional

Therapy

Improving Health & Development
One Face & Mouth at a Time
MouthWorks.ca

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I'm Nichole.

A Registered Dental Hygienist

and Orofacial Myologist.

Nichole Skelton, RDH, BSc(DH), COM®

Member of:

College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta

Canadian Dental Hygienist Association

International Association of Orofacial Myology

University of Alberta graduate, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Passionate about the field of Orofacial Myology, Nichole has seen the benefits in her own life and is anxiously engaged in educating and working to improve the lives of those around her!

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I'm Barb.

A Registered Dental Hygienist

and Orofacial Myologist.

Barb Stewart, RDH, BSc(DH), MPH,

Certified Buteyko Breathing Method, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist,

 IAOM trained Orofacial Myologist -Certification Track 

Member of:

the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta

Canadian Dental Hygiene Association

International Association of Orofacial Myology  

and Ohio Dental Hygiene Licensure

University of Alberta graduate (BSc) and University of Saskatchewan graduate (MPH)

 

A mom of five children and grandma of three, Barb wishes she’d known about myofunctional therapy decades ago! 

She loves researching and learning the latest ways to help others. She is particularly interested in how proper breathing and improving the muscles of the face and tongue can positively correlate with improved sleep and quality of life - especially in children!

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

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The name itself is a mouthful! "Oro" refers to the mouth, "facial" refers to the face, and "myo," refers to the muscles. So when put together, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is therapy related to the function of the muscles in the mouth and face. With 40 muscles in your face and 8 muscles in your tongue, they work together like gears in a clock, to carry out essential functions, including speaking, chewing, swallowing, and keeping your airway open so you can breathe.

 

In architecture, a common phrase is, “Form Dictates Function and Function Dictates Form.” The same is true in the development of our mouths and faces. We know that elements, such as genetics, guide our appearance. Other influencing factors often overlooked are consistent or frequent forces, which can alter the form and function of oral and facial growth. Such forces include muscles that can be under or over-used, thumb-sucking or other negative oral habits, and tethered oral tissues (commonly known as lip- or tongue-tie).  These forces affect the aesthetics of the mouth, teeth, and face and can lead to health complications and painful symptoms. Although some of these forces are influenced by genetic, chromosomal, or other factors that may be present at birth, it does not mean that changes can't be made - positively impacting the health and development of an individual.

 

Orofacial Myology thoroughly assesses all these issues, collaborating with a community of allied health professionals to provide appropriate referrals and care. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy provides an individualized retraining treatment program to achieve its goals. 

 

Myofunctional Therapy is beneficial for individuals of all ages. Ideally, the earlier a client can eliminate these problems, the better. Therefore, providing myofunctional therapy to children yields immeasurable benefits  - creating functional muscular patterns, eliminating negative habits, and releasing restrictive forces, helping to prevent the onset of Oral Myofunctional Disorders, while still early in life. 

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