Myofunctional

Therapy

Agnieszka Beckford 

My mission is to treat children and adults with the respect,listen carefully,connect all the dots and help people to take charge of their own health and well-being

Agnieszka Beckford myofunctional therapist in Westchester NY

ABOUT ME

I became a therapist in 2016,trained by AOMT (Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy).Introductory course was followed by extensive training,advanced courses,workshops and mini-residencies with great clinician such as

Mark Cruz DDS, Barry Raphael  DMD, Saroush Zaghi MD, Bertrand DeSilva MD,Jennifer Hobson PT,

Valerie Sinkus PT,Robyn Merkel-Walsh CCC-SLP,

Rosalba Courtney DO,PhD and many others.

My education is dentistry.I worked for few years as a dentist abroad.I have been working as a dental hygienist in Westchester County,NY for 14 years. I also have a Masters Degree in Public Health. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are a public health concern.They often contribute to a variety of medical and dental disorders.These disorders can include:

  • Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)

  • Periodontal disorders

  • Orthodontic relapse

  • Changes associated with abnormal jaw growth and position

  • Sleep disordered breathing

I do not work alone .The treatment includes collaboration of specialists such as ENTs,orthodontists,

speech pathologists,physical therapists, sleep specialists and others.

 

MY STORY

I’ve been learning about impact of proper posture and oral habits on   development of the jaw for many years.I realized that it is extremely important to start early to prevent malocclusion,prevent development of narrow arches , hypotonic muscles and allowing airway to grow to its full potential .   

I got interested in myofunctional therapy because of my child who had a stubborn open bite and a tongue thrust .Fascinated by the vast health improvements the myofunctional therapy offered I became a therapist myself.

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Parents look at your kids: Do they breathe through their mouth? Do they snore? Do they have a“gummy”smile and crowded teeth?  Are they sitting straight?

Are they"messy eaters"?

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Myofunctional exercises really work if repeated regularly. Give them a try.

tongue two days post frenectomy
edge to edge bite
measuring maximal mouth opening with tongue up
curling of the tip of the tongue
tip of a tongue
labial frenum
palatal rugae
cupping of a tongue
tongue to the side
Mallampati score without tongue protrusion
lingual frenum
 
 

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

Myofunctional therapy is a re-education  of oral facial muscles achieved by series of exercises which are repeated daily for few weeks or months and designed to :

 

* Eliminate oral habits (nail biting, thumb sucking )

* Improve static and dynamic tongue position

* Improve lip seal

* Enhance nasal breathing

* Re-pattern the muscle function

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Myofunctional therapy uses behavior modification techniques ,the therapy makes changes slowly over time

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The other terms are also used to describe the therapy: orofacial myology, orofacial myotherpy,   

orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT).

 

CONTACT US

CONTACT US

PRECISION ARTS DENTAL 

100 SOUTH  HIGHLAND AVE 

OSSINING NY 10562

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101 S BEDFORD RD BLDG 200 STE 210

MOUNT KISCO NY 10549

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TEL: 914-980-7274  |  AGNIESZKA_SOCHA@HOTMAIL.COM

PRECISION ARTS DENTAL 

100 SOUTH  HIGHLAND AVE 

OSSINING NY 10562

*

101 S BEDFORD RD BLDG 200 STE 210

MOUNT KISCO NY 10549

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TEL: 914-980-7274  |  AGNIESZKA_SOCHA@HOTMAIL.COM

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