At Gulf Coast Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care that addresses a wide range of oral health needs, including the specialized area of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT). This therapy focuses on correcting the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used in swallowing, breathing and speech. Our skilled team is trained in identifying and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs), which can contribute to a variety of dental and health issues. We are committed to offering personalized therapy plans designed to improve muscle tone, promote proper jaw growth and enhance overall oral function.

Understanding Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a specialized treatment aimed at correcting dysfunctional patterns of muscle function in the face and mouth. OMT can address issues such as tongue thrust, improper swallowing and mouth breathing, which can affect dental health, speech and even sleep quality. By retraining the muscles through specific exercises and techniques, OMT helps patients develop healthy habits that support optimal oral and facial development.

The Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Process

The OMT process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to assess the presence and extent of any orofacial myofunctional disorders. Based on this assessment, we develop a customized therapy plan that includes targeted exercises and behavior modification techniques. Therapy sessions are conducted regularly, with progress closely monitored by our team. Patients are also given exercises to practice at home, ensuring continuous improvement and lasting results.

The Advantages of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

  • Improvement in biting, chewing and swallowing functions
  • Reduction in the risk of dental issues such as malocclusions and periodontal disease
  • Enhanced speech clarity and breathing patterns
  • Support for orthodontic treatments and better long-term outcomes
  • Personalized therapy plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs

Enhance Your Oral Health Today

If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms related to orofacial myofunctional disorders, we can help. Our dentists and experienced team are ready to provide expert care and guidance through orofacial myofunctional therapy in Gulfport, Mississippi. Contact us today at 228-832-3231 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Sutton, Dr. J. Patton Webb or Dr. Jacqueline McGrath and take a proactive step towards improved oral health and functionality.