When most people think about their mouth, they think about what they can see: the teeth, tongue, and gums. But we cannot forget about the different parts of our mouth that lie underneath the surface! Our mouths are made up a system of bone, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that make it possible for you to move your mouth any way you like. Unfortunately, time and excessive use can cause the hidden parts of your jaw to wear down and cause orofacial myofunctional disorders. Because these disorders can affect your everyday life, Dr. James Powell has received training so he can offer myofunctional therapy in Palmdale, California, and restore your comfort. We want you to have a happy, healthy life! Please contact us at (661) 349-7725 and reserve your visit with our dentist if you are experiencing facial pain.

Your jaw and facial structure consists of intricate muscular and skeletal systems involving bone, muscles, tissue, ligaments, tendons, joints, and more. Although your body works hard to keep itself strong and healthy, your muscles and bones can wear down from time and consistent use. This wearing down can lead to orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs), which are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.

Most OMDs begin with an airway that does not work properly, or when you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. Either of these, or other causes, can lead to disordered patterns and disrupt the overall function of your orofacial area.

Common problems related to OMDs include:

• Problems in facial growth and development
• Difficulty chewing and swallowing
• Speech disorders and difficulty speaking
• Malocclusion (bad bites)
• TMJ disorders
• Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene
• Difficulty digesting food
• Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
• Headaches
• Chronic mouth breathing
• Chronic stomachaches
• Learning disabilities
• Poor posture
• Allergies
• Bruxism (teeth-grinding and clenching)
• Difficulty in breastfeeding
• Behavioral problems in children
• Poor habits such as nail biting and thumb sucking

If you are diagnosed with an OMD, our dentist can begin you on the proper therapy needed to ease your pain and restore balance in your orofacial area. Each treatment plan is based on the patient’s individual condition and needs. We will work with you to establish proper nasal patterns, and proper swallowing and chewing patters; we may also combine your treatment with orthodontics for long-lasting benefits. Our practice will also help you break old habits and form new ones that can improve your head and neck posture. There are many options for myofunctional therapy to help stretch, tone, and develop your facial muscles correctly.

For more information, we welcome you to call or visit us today!


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