The primary goals of OMT are to use behavior modification techniques during habit elimination, correct improper orofacial movements and postures, and restore natural function of the orofacial structures. In order to accomplish these goals, an interdisciplinary healthcare team should be formed. Utilizing a team approach creates the best foundation for successful treatment outcomes.
OMDs are often left undiagnosed and untreated, due to a lack of resources, knowledge, and clinician training. However, due to the frequency of patient visits to a dental provider, the dental hygienist has the ability to bridge this gap between the patient and necessary treatment referrals. In addition, the dental hygienist is in a prime position to begin incorporating preliminary OMD screenings into routine extraoral and intraoral exams.
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