How We Started
Pat and her husband were unaware that their son had tongue-tie. He had difficulty eating and chewing, and he suffered from stomach issues. Their son’s speech ability was good, which is why they were shocked when they discovered that he had tongue-tie.
This experience made Pat realize that life can be easier if only people knew the root causes of oral health issues and addressed them accordingly. She then decided to establish Muscles in Harmony to help individuals that have the same condition as her son.
- Licensed Dental Hygienist
- Laser-Trained Hygienist
- Infection Prevention Specialist
- Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (COM™)
- International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)
- Arizona Mission of Mercy (AZMOM)
Pat is a licensed dental hygienist with more than 30 years of experience. She is knowledgeable about the head and neck anatomy and the connection between oral health and total body wellness. In addition, she has been an orofacial myologist for more than six years.
Pat has gained vast experience in handling different kinds of oral health problems, that connect to physical health, such as caries, periodontal diseases, and oral cancer. She has also learned how to care for dental patients, that are at high risk, IE: high blood pressure (HBP).
Some Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders We Treat
One kind of oral problem that is often overlooked is mouth breathing. This disorder is caused by an obstruction in the nasal passage. When treating this condition, we prioritize the airway, making sure that it is open.
Tongue-tie or TOTs is a physical deformity that limits the movement of the tongue. Children with this condition often experience difficulties such as inability to chew age-appropriate food and delayed speech development.
At Muscles in Harmony, we use myofunctional therapy to treat TOTs and help our patients overcome the physical challenges caused by this condition. In addition, we strive to guide parents on how to attend to the needs of their children with tongue-tie.
The Benefits of Getting an Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment
Receiving orofacial myology treatment can boost one’s oral and physical health. If orofacial disorders are diagnosed and addressed early on, a lot of individuals can be saved from experiencing its negative repercussions in the future.
For instance, a young child who has received orofacial myofunctional treatment can have minimal problems with his or her facial development and dental eruption patterns. Adults, on the other hand, can enhance the quality of their lives as they improve their muscle health and oral function.