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The Ninth District Dental Society was formed in 1909 and renamed to the Ninth District Dental Association in 2002. We have a membership of over 1500 dentists in 5 counties: Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam.

In its quest to serve both the public and the profession, the Ninth District embodies the highest ideals.

The mission of the 9th District Dental Association is to serve and support its members and the public by improving the oral health of our community through Advocacy, Continuing Education and Camaraderie.

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Course 107 – Developmental Orofacial Abnormalities

  • Wed, Apr 28, 2021 | 7:00 PM - Wed, Apr 28, 2021 | 9:00 PM
  • Location: Webinar
  • Contact: Diane Darby
  • Email:
  • Phone: 914-747-1199

Course 107 – Developmental Orofacial Abnormalities


Instructor: Judith Dember-Paige, RDH, BS, COM™
Board Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist; Certified with IAOM -International Association of Orofacial Myology; Creator of the Children’s Dental Health Curriculum:  Smile Wide, Look Inside, which includes a textbook & teachers’ guide also available in Spanish.

Synopsis:  Today, there is increased concern for the way children’s craniums and faces are developing.  Because our food is softer and more heavily processed, we have lost the need to emphasize chewing our food thoroughly and swallowing with efficiency.  Good chewing helps develop strong facial muscles, good bone structure with symmetrical facial features.  Another area of concern is the growing number of children and adults who use their mouth, instead of their nose, as their primary way to breathe.  Because breathing through the nose provides the highest amount of absorbable oxygen for the body, not doing so, over time, can lead to sickness.

The course highlights/objectives are:

The impact of a tongue-tie (tethered oral tissues) restriction on facial development
What is wrong with sucking your fingers/thumb, using a pacifier, sippy cup or bottle
Why is it important for dental professionals to check a patient’s breathing,     swallowing and sleep patterns?
How and why most children should have an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy evaluation EARLY
Case-based examples of successful Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Why dentistry should be a multi-disciplinary approach to optimize patient care