I am a Dental Hygienist in the state of Pennsylvania currently finishing up my B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. For my final course, I have a Capstone/Senior Project. For this project, I have chosen to do a Continuing Education course in the field of Orofacial Myology and how it relates to the Dental Hygienist. My goal is to research this topic in hopes of one day incorporating this into my career as a dental hygienist. I was wondering if you could recommend any credible information that I can use in this project and also some insight as to if this profession is developing in the state of Pennsylvania. Any additional information would also be helpful.
Congratulations for nearing your graduation. And what a smart move to investigate orofacial myology. It is truly a fascinating specialty area. You said you are to take a CEU course but since that is so expensive if you are paying personally, I have a suggestion. I have an online course with Northern Speech Services. Here is the webpage that takes you to my courses. Just click “go”. The one of interest to you is the orofacial myology one, of course, not the articulation one! Here’s the link: https://www.northernspeech.com/search/?search=holtzman+orofacial Besides that, follow the links in our blog so you can get an idea of what orofacial myology is. My course on tongue tie is also available there. You can also register directly on our website for any of our upcoming courses. We would be delighted to have you join our “family of Neo-Health graduates.” You can also visit www.UnpluggingTheThumb.com This is particularly good for an RDH to view since many graduates start out by offering thumb/finger sucking elimination programs as a way of introducing themselves and their abilities to other professionals and to parents. This method for Unplugging The Thumb is excellent and really goes along with what we, as orofacial myologists, believe in…how to reach patients and how to respect them, etc. It’s also a lot of fun, just in case you know of any families struggling with thumb sucking issues. Keep in touch and best of luck for a very bright future in Dental Hygiene and orofacial myology, too, perhaps!!