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.
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