Orofacial myology is “the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health” (Sandra Holtzman, Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation).
*oro = mouth, facial = face, myo = muscle Orofacial myology is a specialized professional discipline that evaluates and treats a variety of oral and facial (orofacial) muscles, (myo-) postural and functional disorders and oral habits that may disrupt normal dental development and also create cosmetic problems.
A Speech-Language Pathologist assesses the structures and the way the lip, cheeks, teeth, jaws and tongue move. This is done by watching the child/adult speak, control secretions, looking at mouth posture and movements, breathing and also watching how he/she swallows foods and liquids. A primary goal of orofacial myofunctional therapy is to create, recapture or stabilize a normal resting relationship between the tongue, lips, teeth, and jaw. Achieving a lips-together rest posture is another goal of orofacial myofunctional therapy.
A Tongue Thrust Swallow may be retained due to:
• Thumb or finger sucking
• Sucking clothing or hair
• Mouthing objects (for adults this may be chewing pens)
• Nail biting or chewing lips and cheeks
• Large tonsils or adenoids
• Allergies and nasal congestion
• Tongue tie (restrictive lingual frenum)
• Early loss of teeth
• Sensory processing difficulties
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We are currently in-network for Advent Health, Aetna, Aetna Better Health, Allied, BCBS, CHAMPVA, Cigna, CMS, Coventry, Health First Health Plan, Humana, Meritain, Molina, Multiplan, Simply Health, Staywell, Straight Medicaid, Sunshine, Sunshine Healthy Kids, Tricare Select and Prime, UHC, and UMR. Although we are out of network with some insurance companies at this time, you may still be eligible for coverage depending on your plan. In addition, being in-network does not always guarantee coverage for disorders that are developmental in nature. Please call the office to discuss your options.