Ninth District Dental Association
Judith Dember-Paige, RDH
Developmental Orofacial Abnormalities
Judith Dember-Paige, RDH, BS, COM™
Board Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist; Certified with IAOM -International Association of Orofacial Myology; Creator of the Children’s Dental Health Curriculum: Smile Wide, Look Inside, which includes a textbook & teachers’ guide also available in Spanish.
Today, there is increased concern for the way children’s craniums and faces are developing. Because our food is softer and more heavily processed, we have lost the need to emphasize chewing our food thoroughly and swallowing with efficiency. Good chewing helps develop strong facial muscles, good bone structure with symmetrical facial features. Another area of concern is the growing number of children and adults who use their mouth, instead of their nose, as their primary way to breathe. Because breathing through the nose provides the highest amount of absorbable oxygen for the body, not doing so, over time, can lead to sickness. The course highlights/objectives are: The impact of a tongue-tie (tethered oral tissues) restriction on facial development What is wrong with sucking your fingers/thumb, using a pacifier, sippy cup or bottle Why is it important for dental professionals to check a patient’s breathing, swallowing and sleep patterns? How and why most children should have an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy evaluation EARLY Case-based examples of successful Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Why dentistry should be a multi-disciplinary approach to optimize patient care.