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Frequently Asked questions

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Treatment to create normal processes and healthy habits for orofacial and dental growth and development.

What is Clinical Oral Facial Massage?

Intra- and extra-Oral massage to release the tongue, palate and open up the sinuses to relieve tension in head, neck, shoulders and ears.

Who Can Provide Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

IAOM Certified Myofunctional Therapist and Licensed in Dental Hygienist (or Speech Pathologist)

What does myofunctional therapy do?

Your head is the central core of your body and your positioning matters. Your tongue is located in the center of your head and if not right, can cause improper alignment. Myofunctional therapy creates correct head posture for health.

Is COFM Painful?

It is a safe and effective technique that works on muscles inside the mouth. It can often feel intense, but it is not typically painful. Since it deals with muscles that are rarely touched, they may feel sensitive to start.

Is Clinical Oral Facial Massage a Medical Massage?

The Clinical Oral Facial Massage, known as COFM, can be considered a Medical Massage. it is designed to loosen the fascia under the tongue and opens the breathing airway and helps eliminate tension.

Chewing and open bite

What Causes an Open Bite?

Open bite can be caused by multiple factors including habits such as finger or thumb sucking, pacifier use and other harmful habits.

What is a Tongue Thrust?

When the tongue protrudes through the anterior incisors during swallowing, speech or while tongue is at rest.

What Causes Mouth Breathing

An obstuction of the nasal airway or other blockage that prevents smooth passage of air into the nose.

Pain and Tension

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ can be related to factors such as loss or wear of the teeth, unilateral chewing or mouth breathing and bad habits including nail biting, grinding or clenching. TMJ is more commonly found in women then in men.

What are TMJD Symptoms?

Typical symptoms include jaw discomfort or soreness, headaches, pain spreading behind the eyes, neck or back or jaw clicking.

How TMJ Treated?

Two of the best methods to treat TMJ are Myofunctional Therapy and Clinical Oral Facial massage. They are the least invasive methods to release TMJ discomfort.

Frenectomy

When Should Tongue-tie be treated?

In infants an elongated lingual frenum may make it difficult to breast feed of feed from a bottle or other side effects and improve bite function.

What is a Frenectomy?

A typical frenectomy can usually be performed quickly and with minimal pain and can be done during the first few weeks of birth.

How Does a Frenectomy Improve Your smile?

It can help with gum recession, spacing between teeth, difficulty eating or speaking or inability to fully close the mouth.

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