- Julie Zickefoose
Mr. and Mrs. Zickefoose are both certified orofacial myologists. Mr. Zickefoose is a well-known leader in the field. He is the founder (1971) and first president of the International Association of Orofacial Myology. He has been in practice since 1957.
Mrs. Zickefoose was a teacher before taking training to enter the field of orofacial myofunctional therapy. She has been in practice since 1976.
Mr. and Mrs. Zickefoose are directors of the Academy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy - International and have trained therapists throughout the world. They have lectured extensively to dental and medical groups. They have published numerous educational materials.
They are happy to share their expertise with those attending The 7th World Dental Meeting 2014.
Synchronizing mastication and deglutition
We have all encountered adverse muscle function in our practices. It is important that the muscle function be considered from the first time a patient enters a dental office. Orofacial myofunctional therapy, with its goal of synchronizing the orofacial musculature, gives the patient a complete understanding of the movement of the tongue, lips and jaw as well as the correct postural position. What is often overlooked and must be addressed is the incorporation of eating patterns to habituate the correct muscle function. There must be a coordinated effort between the dentist, therapist, patient and parents to obtain the desired result.