Allison Savic - Myofunctional Therapist
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OMT of Nashville

Myofunctional Therapy Services

OMD

An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is characterized by an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing, or speech. It can also include abnormal oral habits.

Causes

OMD can be caused by upper airway obstruction, chronic finger or thumb sucking, extended pacifier or bottle use, orofacial muscular and structural differences, and genetics.

Symptoms

Some symptoms can include: Speech distortion; particularly a frontal lisp and Chronic open mouth positioning. Dental abnormalities; such as overjet and open bite

Other Signs

Tongue thrust: when the tongue pushes against or between the teeth during speech or swallowing.

Treatment

Treatment is individualized and focuses on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing, and speech articulation.

Therapy

The best outcomes are achieved when prescribed exercises are practiced every day.

Children often need help and encouragement from their family to practice prescribed exercises. The best outcomes are achieved when parents or guardians work with their child every day.

It’s always encouraging to see these youth over come Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders!

It’s never to late to get treatment for your Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder! Some adults have battled OMDs for most of their lives and are over-joyed to see such fast, lasting results from Myofunctional Therapy

Allison Savic

Allison Savic RDH, BS, is a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist and Certified Orofacial Myology Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee. Allison graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

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