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Heidi F. Widoff, RDH, COM
  • Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)

  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) for over 25 years

  • Professional practice experience in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California

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Specializing in Therapy of
Oral and Facial Habits • Tongue Thrust • Short Upper Lip •
Thumb/Finger/Lip/Pacifier Sucking • TMJD / Bruxism/Clenching

Oral Myology Candidates

What is Orofacial Myology (Oral Myology)?

We use our muscles in habitual patterns every day, both consciously and unconsciously. As we all know, some habits are good. However, many habits that we are not aware of can cause negative effects in our muscles over time. The incorrect or poor habits that cause these abnormalities are learned at a very early age and are continued throughout life unless they are recognized and changed.
 
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (the prefix “myo” stands for muscle) is a unique exercise program that corrects muscle function behaviors that can influence occlusion, facial shape, chewing, swallowing and speech. Therapy includes awareness, behavioral modification and a re-education of orofacial muscle patterns. Treatment is designed to develop proper resting postures for the lips, tongue, and jaw by retraining muscle and swallowing patterns to eliminate negative oral habits. A certified orofacial myofunctional therapist is specifically trained to identify, evaluate, and treat incorrect muscle function patterns.

While dentistry/orthodontics has a primary focus on dental occlusion, or teeth-together relationships, orofacial myologists focus on teeth-apart behaviors and postures that can lead to, or have already resulted in malocclusion.

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