- Define OMT (Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy) and OMDs (Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders).
- Describe 5 common symptoms of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and their root causes.
- Describe assessment tools for the RDH while chairside with patients.
- Discuss common consequences for patients with orofacial disorders.
- Review further continuing education opportunities for RDH’s interested in OMT and OMG’s.
- Identify various treatments required to provide better lip and tongue support.
This sought-after specialty is growing, as awareness for the connection between breathing, eating and sleep disorders become spotlighted in dentistry. Dental hygienists provide valuable time with patients which can give us a greater opportunity to assess the oral cavity, habits and changes in the dentition. Have you wondered why anterior open bite cases post orthodontic treatment relapse, or why the oral cavity poses an increased risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease with mouth breathers? Those answers are in this course along with some solutions.
This course will discuss 5 of MANY important things you as a dental hygienist can look for and help with related to orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT).