Welcome to Orofacial Myofunctional
Therapy of Pearland

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Breathe, Sleep, and Live Better

Welcome to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy of Pearland

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Breathe, Sleep, and Live Better

Welcome to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy of Pearland

Breathe, Sleep, and Live Better

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is an individually designed program to help you establish the correct function of the muscles of your face, mouth, and tongue. Through a series of simple and non invasive exercises and stretches, we will teach you how to strengthen and create proper oral function, increase range of motion, and establish life long healthy habits. Improving your nasal breathing, proper tongue rest posture, swallowing, and lip seal is crucial for your long term health.

Who Needs Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is often needed when we identify the presence of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). An OMD is present when there is an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position while resting, swallowing, breathing, or speaking which can have a direct effect on person’s airway and facial development. By correcting habits that lead to OMDs, we can help you establish proper oral function which will lead to better overall health!

Signs and Symptoms of OMDs

  • Mouth breathing or breathing with lips apart
  • Dental abnormalities, such as overjet and open bite
  • Tongue thrust or difficulty swallowing
  • Speech distortion, particularly a frontal lisp
  • The presence of oral habits such as thumb sucking or nail biting, etc.

  • Tongue tie or low tongue resting posture
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMJ pain

Four Goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

  • Lip Seal is necessary for nasal breathing and facial development.
  • Proper Tongue Posture is important for healthy facial development and is crucial for keeping the airway open.

  • Nasal Breathing throughout the day and night keeps the lungs cleaner, reduces allergies, and leads to less inflammation of the throat and tonsils. Nasal breathing filters air particles and produces nitric oxide which is critical for your overall health.

  • Correct Swallowing Pattern occurs when your tongue moves up to the palate and not forward or outward.

Myofunctional therapy can help you retrain your tongue to rest in the correct position for improved breathing, speech, and swallowing.

About Gina Kruse, RDH

Hello I am Gina Kruse, a proud Native Texan. I have been married for 34 years and have two adult children. I have one precious grandson whom I enjoy spending as much time with as possible. One of my favorite activities is spending time with my grandson teaching him how to work in the garden and appreciate nature. My husband and I also love to travel when time allows.

I received my dental hygiene certification at University of Texas Dental Branch and have been a dental hygienist for over 30 years. My commitment to helping people through dentistry led me to continue my education in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). I am committed to ongoing education to increase my knowledge of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT).

My passion for OMT stemmed from my own journey with a surprising diagnoses of sleep apnea in 2008. Treating my apnea with a mandibular advancement device without understanding that it was a temporary solution led to more intense symptoms. This journey to find the root cause and better solutions for my health through OMT has been life changing.

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is beneficial for all ages to achieve optimum breathing since a healthy airway is critical to good health. I look forward to working with you and am excited to help you breathe, sleep, and live better!

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