Improper Oral Habits Such as Thumb Sucking, Nail Biting or a Tongue Thrust?

 
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Does Your Child Suck Their Thumb?

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?

An Orofacial Myofunctional disorder happens when a person has an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, eating or speaking. You may also see OMD in people over the age of 5 who have damaging habits such as thumb sucking, tooth grinding, jaw clenching or tongue thrusting.

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Does Your Teen Suck Their Thumb?

Thumb sucking in teens and adults is not as rare as people may believe. It is a calming ritual that is hard to curb; however, it is a bad habit that may cause the teeth and jaw to misalign.
 

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How Can Myofunctional Therapy Help?

Myofunctional therapy is an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment, in which the orthodontist uses Myofunctional techniques to focus on poor muscular habits that appear to be the underlying cause of orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, misaligned jaws and sleep apnea.
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What Can We Treat?

  • It can fix nose breathing.
  • Help you quit thumb-sucking and nail biting.
  • Stops lip and cheek biting and chewing.
  • Support head-neck-body posture.
  • Correct speech problems.
  • Prevent clenching, grinding, and TMJ disorders.

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If you believe that you might benefit from Myofunctional therapy or have questions about whether orthodontics can help treat your concern, speak to an orthodontist during a free, no-obligation consultation.
 
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