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Make the Connection Intro to Orofacial Myology
April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free with membership
*Considered a Pre-Certification Requirement
Speaker Dianah Davidson BS, RDH, COM®, IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist®
Dianah Davidson, BS, RDH, COM®
• Dianah graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School with a Bachelor of Science in
Dental Hygiene. Dianah practiced in oral surgery, periodontal, general dentistry for many years.
• Dianah served as an active Member of the IAOM Mentoring Committee from 2008-2014.
• She co-chaired the IAOM Annual Convention in 2011.
• In 2012, she was appointed Chair of the IAOM Nonprofit
• Dianah was awarded the IAOM Connie Painter Award for Distinguished Service in 2014 related to her efforts to address the legal standing of the organization as Nonprofit Governance Chair.
• She is an active member of the ALF InterFACE Academy where she has presented on the important role orofacial myology treatment plays in functional orthodontic intervention.
• Dianah Davidson has exclusively practiced orofacial myology since 2008. She was awarded IAOM Certification in Orofacial Myology in 2009.
• In 2013, she became an IAOM approved Introductory Instructor and continues in this effort today across the USA, Canada and Australia.
• She continues with patient care with orofacial myofunctional disorders, parafunctional habits and muscular TMJ disorders.
• Dianah was the keynote and lead speaker at the 2020 IAOM conference and continues to speak to groups across North America.
Recently, there has been an explosion in dentistry with new research and therapies to treat functional disorders which is often associated with dental malocclusions, airway obstruction, and speech problems. According to the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) includes abnormal labial-lingual rest posture, bruxism, poor nasal breathing, tongue protrusion while swallowing, poor mastication and bolus management, atypical oral placement for speech, lip incompetency and sucking habits. This session identifies the role of the RDH and how to collaborate with dental/medical teams in diagnosis, treatment and research of myofunctional disorders.
As a result of this learning activity, the participant will be able to:
- Define Orofacial Myology and the 4 steps in becoming an IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist®
- Describe the Scope of Practice of Orofacial Myology as defined by the IAOM for Registered Dental Hygienists
- Screen for Orofacial Myology disorders (OMDs) with dental hygiene patient care
- List the interruptions of normalized rest posture, nasal breathing and the swallowing process
- Utilize collaboration with other professionals and understand team-treatment
What is Orofacial Myology? Orofacial myology is a specialized professional discipline that evaluates and treats a variety of oral and facial (orofacial) muscles, (myo-) postural and functional disorders and oral habits that may disrupt normal dental development and also create cosmetic problems.