Proper posture is important for a healthy body. Posture, however, is more than just sitting up straight at the dinner table—oral posture can be just as important to your overall health. OMT, or Oral Myofunctional Therapy, is a series of exercises to re-pattern and optimize oral and facial functions. It trains you to have healthy oral posture. OMT provides many other benefits as well. Here are six of them:
1 . Cuts out Bad Habits
While sucking thumbs and biting on pens may seem small, their impact can be huge. These bad habits promote an incorrect alignment of teeth and jaw leading to the need for braces, surgery, or orthodontic relapse. OMT encourages healthy habits that help teeth grow in straight and stay straight.
A proper lip seal is an indication of healthy nasal breathing. Nasal breathing is the natural way to take in air. The nose filters, humidifies, and adjusts the temperature of the air. A lip seal is part of a proper oral posture that is important for ideal jaw and bone development.
Mouth breathing increases the inflammation of the mouth and the upper respiratory tract leading to gingivitis , sore throat, cold, and ear infection. Inflamed soft tissue will obstruct the air pathway and can result in sleep apnea. Mouth breathing also leads to poor oral posture. It leads to a head forward posture that creates cervical tension.
The tongue guides food in the chewing and swallowing process. When working properly, the tongue presses food upwards and forwards against the hard palate to lead it to the throat. The tongue’s repeated dynamic movement aids in the development of the upper jaw. Without proper directional stimulation from the tongue, there could be insufficient facial bone growth and crowding of the teeth.
OMT promotes the proper functional space. This means the growth of oral-facial structure can develop correctly in three dimensions—the height, width, and depth of the oral cavity . Proper functional space encourages healthy development of the jaw, alignment of the teeth, position of the jaw joints, and prevents the tongue from obstructing your airway as in sleep apnea.
- Promotes Oral-Facial Growth
OMT trains your mouth to habitually stay in the proper posture to promote growth. That means the tongue is functioning and resting on the hard palate. If the tongue stays too low, it could lead to an insufficiently developed jaw causing teeth to grow in crooked.
Healthy oral posture encourages a well-developed and symmetrical face. OMT can redirect growth and minimize asymmetry in facial structure. Beauty is truly beyond skin deep—your natural genetic expression could be enhanced by OMT.
OMT is a method to improve oral health problems. If we look at the causes of these unhealthy problems, we might be able to prevent them from developing in the first place. This starts with healthy breathing through the nose. By decreasing allergens and toxins in the air you breathe and the food you eat, you can have a better start to oral and general health.