The Importance of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Pediatric Dentistry: Reports of Two Cases

"It is essential that the practitioner determine the factors that are etiologically operative in oral myofunctional therapy in order to establish effective methods of intervention."

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Haruki T, Kishi K, Zimmerman J.

The purpose of this article was to evaluate cephalometric tracings regarding the impact that the cessation of thumb-sucking had on the developing dentition in two cases. Only orofacial myofunctional therapy principles were utilized to bring the thumb habit under control. In both case reports, it appeared that some of the abnormal growth tendencies were reversed by eliminating the active digit sucking habit.

The purpose of this article was to evaluate cephalometric tracings regarding the impact that the cessation of thumb-sucking had on the developing dentition in two cases. Only orofacial myofunctional therapy principles were utilized to bring the thumb habit under control. In both case reports, it appeared that some of the abnormal growth tendencies were reversed by eliminating the active digit sucking habit.

Haruki T, Kishi K, Zimmerman J. The importance of orofacial myofunctional therapy in pediatric dentistry: reports of two cases. ASDC J Dent Child. 1999;66(2):103‐84.

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