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The primary cause of an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD)

January 2022

The primary cause of an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is an open mouth posture or mouth breathing due to nasal structural obstructions and allergies.

It is often difficult to identify a single cause for an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Most disorders involve a combination of factors that may include:

  • Nasal airway interference from enlarge tonsils or adenoids, allergies or anatomical deviations involving the nasal cavity or pharynx.
  • Improper oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, cheek or nail biting, teeth clenching or grinding.
  • Structural or physiological abnormalities such as short lingual frenum (tongue-tie)
  • Hereditary predisposition to any of the above factors.

Nasal airway interference – mainly Allergies – are the primary cause of OMDs.

Dr. Honor Franklin is an IAOM Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic and has an Allergist and ENT on her team who are the best at diagnosing and treating the causes of mouth breathing. Call today for their name and numbers.






Read what other negative effects can occur from mouth breathing.

The primary cause of an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is an open mouth posture or mouth breathing.

Mouth Breathing – Causes And Side Effects

Primary Cause of OMDS is thumbsucking…

October 2021

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One of the primary causes of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) known as “tongue thrust” is a thumb sucking or finger sucking habit. The orofacial myofunctional disorder or tongue thrust will remain as long as there is a sucking habit. Prolonged non-nutritive sucking habits prevent the tongue from resting on the roof of the mouth and prevent the lips from resting together.  It can also result in a dental overjet and openbite and distortion of the face as well as cause speech disorders and learning differences…..A “correct rest posture” is necessary for proper development of the teeth. IAOM Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists like Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic are experts at eliminating sucking habits and her program is based on positive behavior modification and is an ideal alternate treatment for hurtful appliance therapy.

Read more on her website honorfranklin.com.









September 2021

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THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF MOUTH BREATHING : Nasal breathing is essential to the normal well-being of the body. Breathing through the nose permits the air to be warmed, moistened and cleansed before it reaches the lungs. In mouth breathers, the preparation for the lungs is lost so that the child becomes susceptible to upper respiratory infections. In addition, the dental apparatus and the delicate growing bony structures of the face are so affected that the face becomes markedly elongated and narrowed because of dropping of the mandible into an open position and because of the constriction of the upper arches and palate. The nostrils become narrowed and pinched from disuse and the facial expression becomes dull and drawn. Note how the corners of the eyes are pulled down, the upper lip has shortened and he has a recessive chin. Nasal airway interferences which can be structural like tonsils or adenoids and/or allergies are the PRIMARY CAUSE of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) with allergies being the more common nasal airway interference over structural nasal obstruction. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) will NEVER be successful without resolution of nasal airway issues and is why Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic has the best Allergist and ENT on her team who understand Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and she never initiates any therapy until the ENT and Allergist have determined the patient can achieve a patent nasal airway consistently and the patient cannot remain in therapy unless they are compliant in following the Allergist and ENT’s recommendations. Dr. Franklin is an IAOM CERTIFIED Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist by the International Association of Orofacial Myology who has specialized in orofacial myofunctional disorders for over 40 years and is considered an expert in this field. Check out her website at ww.honorfranklin.com.

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Mini-Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy…

August 2021

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Look at the progress this 8 year old girl has made so far after being enrolled in the revolutionary mini-orofacial myofunctional therapy program created by Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinicconcentrating on lip competence and nasal breathing (via the help of an ENT and Allergist on her team) and NO tongue- tie surgery and NO tongue placement therapy and NO swallowing therapy and NO orthodontic treatment. It WORKS!!
Note: OMT never takes the place of orthodontics.












A great visual of how tonsils and adenoids block and restrict nasal airways and can displace the tongue resulting in an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) of an incorrect oral rest posture.

May 2021

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This is why Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic refers all patients to an Allergist AND ENT on her team who understand OMDs before any orofacial myofunctional therapy is ever initiated. In her almost 44 years of specializing in OMDs, she has learned the PRIMARY cause of OMDs is unresolved nasal airway issues and habit with reduced muscle strength – not tongue ties. She works on habit and reduced muscle strength but needs to know if any airway issues are present which must be addressed before she ever initiates any therapy. She never wants to get caught up in treating the EFFECT and ignoring the CAUSE or she would be setting her patients up for failure which she refuses to do!





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