What speech pathologists need to know about oral myology
By Dr. Derek Mahony
A lecture from our FREE LOCKDOWN CPD series
The cause of malocclusion is widely accepted to be multifactorial and includes genetic factors as well as habits, dietary preferences, habitual oral or tongue posture, and swallowing characteristics. While most of the theories accept genetics as the main or underlying cause, the importance of local or environmental factors, such as oral posture and oral soft tissue characteristics, is also widely accepted, as these factors can have both a deteriorating and enhancing influence.