Dental Care Guidance for Caregivers of Patients with Down Syndrome

Categories: Disability, Down Syndrome, Education, Oral Health

Abstract: A thorough resource guide to help other families with special needs children, teens or even adults who have gone through rough experiences at a dental office…

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Tongue Pressure Patterns During Water Swallowing

Categories: Swallow

Abstract: Bolus propulsion during the normal oral phase of swallowing is thought to be characterised by the sequential elevation of the front, middle, and posterior regions of the dorsum of the tongue…

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An investigation of the efficacy of oral myofunctional therapy as a precursor to articulation therapy for pre-first grade children.

Categories: Chewing, Myofunctional Therapy, Speech, Tongue Thrust

Abstract: This study investigated the assumption that oral myofunctional services might facilitate remediation of articulation disorders. Subjects were ten 6-year-old elementary school children…

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Tongue Function: An Underrecognized Component in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Mandibular Repositioning Appliance

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, Orthodontic Appliance, Sleep Apnoea Tongue,

Abstract: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common but still underrecognized disorder. A mandibular repositioning appliance (MRA) is used to treat OSA…

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Speech and Feeding Improvements in Children After Posterior Tongue-Tie Release: A Case Series

Categories: Ankyloglossia, Feeding

Abstract: Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as “tongue-tie,” has recently seen surge in cases and awareness with a corresponding increase in diagnosis and treatment.

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Speech and Language Outcomes in Patients with Ankyloglossia Undergoing Frenulectomy: A Retrospective Pilot Study

Categories: Ankyloglossia, Speech

Abstract: Ankyloglossia is a controversial topic with no standardized treatment guidelines. A retrospective chart review was conducted…

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Establishment of nasal breathing should be the ultimate goal to secure adequate craniofacial and airway development in children

Categories: Breathing, Children

Abstract: Chronic mouth breathing during active craniofacial development of a child may result in anatomical changes that directly affect the airway…

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Muscle Function Evaluation and the Emerging Field of Oro Facial Myology: Connecting dots with the Muscles

Categories: Orofacial Myology

Abstract: Just like there is physiotherapy for the rest of the body, there is ‘Myofunctional Therapy’ for the muscles of the mouth. Substantial amount of evidence is emerging connecting muscle dysfunction with periodic increase in the stress accumulation of oral muscles, just like anywhere else in the body…

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Efficacy of a Health Promotion Program with Facial Mimetic Muscle Training in Residents of a Medical Care Facility for the Elderly

Categories: Aged Care, Orofacial Myology

Abstract: We conducted an anti-aging medical checkup and health promotion program, including facial mimetic muscle training, in residents of a geriatric medical care facility. Here, we evaluate the physical and mental effects of these activities.

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Effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy on Temporomandibular Disorders

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, TMJ

Abstract: The objectives of the current study were to analyze the effects of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) on the treatment of subjects with associated articular and muscular temporomandibular disorders (TMD).,,

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Association between facial growth pattern and facial muscle activity: A prospective cross-sectional study

Categories: Facial Growth

Abstract: To evaluate the relationship between facial growth pattern and electromyography (EMG) of facial muscles: anterior temporalis, masseter, buccinators, orbicularis oris, mentalis and anterior digastric…

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Ankyloglossia as a risk factor for maxillary hypoplasia and soft palate elongation: A functional – morphological study

Categories: Ankyloglossia, Maxillary

Abstract: To characterize associations between restricted tongue mobility and maxillofacial development…

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The esthetics of the smile: a review of some recent studies.

Categories: Aesthetics

Abstract: This article reviews recent research on the esthetics of the smile, covering the attractiveness of the smile, the effect of aging on the smile, oral condition and the smile, personality and smile, and smile exercises…

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Myofunctional therapy in patients with orofacial dysfunctions affecting speech.

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, Speech

Abstract: Tongue thrusting, deviate swallowing, mouth breathing, orofacial muscle imbalance, deviate mandibular movement and malocclusion are the most important orofacial dysfunctions underlying disorders of articulation…

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Effect of Functional Chewing Training on tongue thrust and drooling in children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial

Categories: Chewing, Children, Drooling, Tongue Thrust

Abstract: Tongue thrust, which is an oral reflex associated with sucking behaviour, may cause problems in swallowing, speech, oro-facial development and also drooling…

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Singing Exercises Improve Sleepiness and Frequency of Snoring among Snorers—A Randomised Controlled Trial

Categories: Pharyngeal Exercises, Singing, Sleep Apnoea, Snoring

Abstract: To assess the effectiveness of regular singing exercises in reducing symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea, a prospective single blinded randomised controlled trial was conducted in the otolaryngology department…

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Proposal and content validation of an orofacial myofunctional assessment protocol for individuals with cleft lip and palate

Categories: Cleft Lip & Palate, Orofacial Myology, Protocols

Abstract: To create and validate the content of an orofacial myofunctional assessment protocol for individuals with cleft lip and palate…

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A specific protocol of myo-functional therapy in children with Down syndrome. A pilot study.

Categories: Down Syndrome, Myofunctional Therapy

Abstract: In this article the authors propose a specific myofunctional therapy protocol for children with Down syndrome…

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Usefulness of posture training for patients with temporomandibular disorders.

Categories: Posture, TMJ

Abstract: Many practitioners have found that posture training has a positive impact on temporomandibular, or TMD, symptoms. The authors conducted a study to evaluate its effectiveness…

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Mouth breathing: adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics, and behavior

Categories: Education, Facial Growth

Abstract: The vast majority of health care professionals are unaware of the negative impact of upper airway obstruction (mouth breathing) on normal facial growth and physiologic health…

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Effect of orofacial myofunctional exercise on the improvement of dysphagia patients’ orofacial muscle strength and diadochokinetic rate

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, Speech, Swallow

Abstract: Measurement of the diadochokinetic rate can provide useful information on swallowing rehabilitation in the oral phase by elucidating the speed and regularity of movement of muscles related to the lips, tongue, and chin…

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Confirmational Study: A Positive-Based Thumb And Finger Sucking Elimination Program

Categories: Digit Sucking

Abstract: This article emphasizes the critical need for information specifically regarding the topic of retained sucking behaviors…

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Incorrect orofacial functions until 5 years of age and their association with posterior crossbite.

Categories: Cross Bite, Paediatric

Abstract: In addition to heredity, sucking habits, impaired nasal breathing, and atypical swallowing patterns are considered important factors in the etiology of posterior crossbite. The purpose of this study was to assess irregular orofacial functions to determine their correlation with posterior crossbite…

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Oropharyngeal and tongue exercises (myofunctional therapy) for snoring: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Categories: Snoring

Abstract: Oropharyngeal and tongue exercises (myofunctional therapy) have been shown to improve obstructive sleep apnea. The study objective is to perform a systematic review, with a meta-analysis, dedicated to snoring outcomes after myofunctional therapy…

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Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Categories: Adults, Children, Sleep Apnoea

Abstract: To systematically review the literature for articles evaluating myofunctional therapy (MT) as treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children and adults and to perform a meta-analysis on the polysomnographic, snoring, and sleepiness data…

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Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and the critical role of oral-facial growth: evidences

Categories: Children, Facial Growth, Sleep Apnoea

Abstract: Review of evidence in support of an oral-facial growth impairment in the development of pediatric sleep apnea in non-obese children…

Can myofunctional therapy increase tongue tone and reduce symptoms in children with sleep-disordered breathing?

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, Paediatric, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Tongue

Abstract: Data in the literature suggest that myofunctional therapy (MT) may be able to play a role in the treatment of children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Our study investigated the effectiveness of MT in reducing respiratory symptoms in children with SDB by modifying tongue tone…

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Critical role of myofascial reeducation in pediatric sleep-disordered breathing

Categories: Paediatric, Sleep Disordered Breathing

Limited studies suggest that pubertal development may lead to a recurrence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) despite previous curative surgery. Our study evaluates the impact of myofunctional reeducation in children with SDB referred for adenotonsillectomy, orthodontia, and myofunctional treatment in three different geographic areas…

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Chewing, Biting, Clenching, Bruxing and Oral Health

Categories: Oral Health

Abstract: Studies published in the last decade suggest that chewing (or mastication) and other chewing-like activities such as biting, clenching and bruxing, are involved in regulating bone growth, development and maintenance, reducing stress, increasing attention, contributing to better cognition, stabilizing the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)…

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Evaluation of facial asymmetry and masticatory muscle thickness in children with normal occlusion and functional posterior crossbite

Categories: Children, Facial Aesthetics, Malocclusion

Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate facial asymmetry and the thickness of the masticatory muscles in young children with normal occlusion and functional posterior crossbite…

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Relapse of anterior open bites treated with orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy

Categories: Myofunctional Therapy, Open Bite, Orthodontic Appliance

Abstract: Closure and long-term retention of anterior open bites are significant concerns for orthodontists and their patients. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT)…

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Toward a functional definition of ankyloglossia: validating current grading scales for lingual frenulum length and tongue mobility in 1052 subjects

Categories: Ankyloglossia, Assessment

This study aims to assess the utility of existing instruments for evaluation of restricted tongue mobility, describe normal and abnormal ranges of tongue mobility, and provide evidence in support of a reliable and efficient measure of tongue mobility.

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