About Orofacial Myofunction Conditions

OMDs can affect children, teens, and adults. OMDs can affect the normal growth and development of the muscles, bones, and skin of the mouth and face. OMDs can also affect how the muscles in the mouth and face are used for eating, speaking, and breathing. 

OMDs can also cause problems in breathing, swallowing, and talking. Children may push their tongues out when they speak, drink, or eat. People should visit professional doctors immediately to cure orofacial conditions. You can also check over here to learn more about orofacial myologists.

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Signs and Symptoms

These signs could indicate an OMD:

  • A person who cannot breathe through their nose or mouth.

  • Limited tongue movement

  • Eating can be messy and difficult. It is normal for babies' tongues to be pushed outward by food. They will stop doing this as they get older.

  • Overbite, underbite, and/or other problems with the teeth are all possible.

  • Even though a person isn't talking or using their tongue, the tongue pushes past the teeth.

  • Some sounds are difficult to pronounce, such as "s" in the "sun", "sh" at "ship", or "j" at "jump".

  • Dooling, especially after age 2.

  • It is difficult to close your lips and swallow.


OMDs are not caused by a single, identifiable cause. OMDs can be caused by many factors.

  • Tonsil size, allergies, or other factors can block the nasal passages. People may have to use their mouths instead of the nasal passages if they are blocked.

  • Anything that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain the lips together when the tongue is at rest.