Building Bridges Therapy Center
Providing therapeutic services
for children with special needs.
Tongue thrust/Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) occur when the tongue moves forward in an exaggerated way during speech and/or swallowing. The tongue may lie too far forward during rest or may protrude between the upper and lower teeth during speech and swallowing.
Both dentists and orthodontists may be involved when constant, continued tongue pressure against the teeth interferes with normal tooth eruption and alignment of the teeth and jaws. They may refer you to a trained Speech Pathologist to assess and treat the effects of OMD on speech, rest postures, swallowing and teeth alignment. It is typically necessary to correct tongue thrust before or during braces to insure a beautiful smile.
Debbie Tracht M.S. CCC., Speech-Language Pathologist, is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and an active IAOM member. She provides therapeutic programs for both children and adults.