Presenting at the 2018 Greater NY Dental Meeting in the annual scientific poster session was an amazing experience. During the session, students are required to present their material before live audiences. Each demonstration consists of a research topic that is discussed within a 2-4 minute period and it is repeated as often as warranted during the three hours. My research topic was based on my interest in myofunctional therapy and the importance of extraoral and intraoral evaluations as a crucial part of the patient treatment process.
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This research project was based on my interest in myofunctional therapy. During my first semester of clinic, Professor Marsiliani, BA, RDH, FBPI was one of my clinical instructors. Besides being a dental hygienist, she is also an orofacial myofunctional therapist (OMT). When we learned about conducting extraoral and intraoral exams, she stressed the importance of assessing patients for signs and symptoms of conditions such as malocclusion, nail biting, tongue thrust, open mouth at rest, incorrect mastication, poor oral rest posture, headaches, GERD, heartburn, TMD, neck pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). With myofunctional therapy, a patient can regain the joy of eating, speaking, breathing, and even sleeping more soundly. The focus for this particular research presentation was on mouth breathing and its adverse effects on overall systemic health.
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