PGH OMT Blog

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Our Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

We’re rolling out a new mission statement: “We are dedicated to preventing, identifying, and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders, with an emphasis on early intervention to promote proper orofacial growth and development. Our goal is to make happy, healthy...

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Thumb Sucking Theories

Thumb Sucking Theories

Let me start with this: non-nutritive sucking is a normal part of oral development in infants. Although many people think that prolonged thumb sucking is just a bad habit, it’s important to consider the other theories behind why it happens. Here are some of the...

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Why choose a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)®?

Why choose a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)®?

A Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)® is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Speech and Language Pathologist, or Dentist who, at a minimum, has taken a 28-hour International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) approved introductory course in orofacial myology and...

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Could You Benefit From Myofunctional Therapy?

Could You Benefit From Myofunctional Therapy?

Ask yourself..... Do you have any long-term bad habits (lip sucking, finger sucking, nail biting, pacifier, etc)? Is the tip of your tongue on the floor of your mouth, against your front teeth, or between your teeth at rest? Are your lips apart at rest? Are you...

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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is also known as oral myology, myofunctional orofacial therapy, myofunctional therapy, oral myofunctional therapy, orofacial Myotherapy, or oromyofunctional therapy. But, tomayto, tomahto. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is the...

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Mouth Breathing

Mouth Breathing

With most studies reporting the prevalence of mouth breathing at 50-56%, mouth breathing seems to have been normalized. Mouth Breathing Awareness Month serves a gentle reminder of two things: (1) nasal breathing should be 24/7 and (2) although mouth breathing is...

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Nasal Airway Obstructions

Nasal Airway Obstructions

May is Mouth Breathing Awareness Month, so this post is designed to bring awareness of the issues related to mouth breathing. Starting in infancy, we should be nasal breathers. If you can’t breathe through your nose, your body will resort to the backup breathing...

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Alyssa Is Now A Certified Orofacial Myologist®

Alyssa Is Now A Certified Orofacial Myologist®

The certification process is a way to validate that a therapist (with the prerequisite credentials of a RDH, SLP, or DDS/DMD) has the knowledge and skills to identify and treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). As part of the certification process, one must...

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“You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

“You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

Greetings from North Carolina! I attended the 2018 IAOM convention this weekend with my friend, Kristin Good, from Berks Myo Spot, LLC www.berksmyospot.com , and it was well worth really long drive together. We have learned SO MUCH about sleep disordered breathing,...

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Pathokinesiology of Oral Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Pathokinesiology of Oral Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Have you ever heard of the "deep front line"? It's the body's myofascial core, connecting the tongue to the feet. (Check out the video below to learn more.) The body is a series of interconnected hard and soft tissue. It's no surprise that dysfunction in one area of...

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TOTS Training

TOTS Training

I have been busy traveling the east coast in the past few months, attending THREE different myofunctional therapy-related continuing education courses! I started in MD with Ellen Carlin's Tongue Tie & Oral Dysfunction: Clinical Applications course, where the focus...

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Why A Single Exercise Will Not Resolve Your Tongue Thrust

Why A Single Exercise Will Not Resolve Your Tongue Thrust

I’ve heard of well-meaning dentists and orthodontists giving patients an exercise here or there in an attempt to resolve a tongue thrust.          I wish it were that easy. A tongue thrust is a sign of a larger problem known as an "orofacial myofunctional disorder"...

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