Two Thumbs Up is an accumulation of Christine’s experiences and orofacial myology expertise comprised of forty years in private practice, eighteen years teaching at University of Detroit Mercy orthodontic department, and teaching COM® (Certified Orofacial Myologist) Certification Track Courses.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has been around for more than 100 years. It has recently begun to gain prominence in the dental and medical communities as another way of addressing mild to moderate sleep apnea and TMD muscle disorders.
Understanding the Orofacial Complex: Muscle Manual was written to familiarize the reader with the anatomy and physiology of the orofacial musculature. Professionals who work with clients exhibiting deficits of the orofacial complex require a clear [...]
Dental professionals are missing the chance to address obstructive sleep apnea before it even begins. In the past few years, the subject of the airway in relation to dentistry has been increasingly discussed. Obstructive sleep [...]
Parents often ask: "Why can't my child's tongue thrust be treated at school?" When parents discover that a tongue thrust is often treated by a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) they assume that the speech therapist at [...]
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Otolaryngologists Robert M. Mason Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Previous Chief of Orthodontics, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Durham, NC Honor Franklin Private Practice in Orofacial Myology and Speech-Language Pathology, [...]
Introduction 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) for maintaining closure of open bites [...]
Position statement of the IAOM regarding appliance use for the Oral Habit Patterns. Prepared by: Robert M. Mason, DMD, PhD Honor Franklin, PhD BACKGROUND: Some orthodontists and others in dentistry continue to address oral habit [...]
Author: Lorraine Frey RDH, LDH, BAS, COM, FAADH Licensed healthcare professionals are held to specific standards of care and allowable duties in the area they are licensed to practice. Likewise, the creden- tials one may [...]