Purpose: Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) addresses various dental issues and has evolved significantly since its emergence in the early 20th century. Despite its uses and effectiveness, the adoption of OMT among dental practitioners varies with a lack of comprehensive understanding in the field. This scoping review will aim to map the current evidence on OMT in dentistry, with a focus on the perspectives and attitudes of dental practitioners, as well as the barriers to and facilitators of its implementation in clinical practice.

Method: The planned scoping review adheres to the JBI methodology for scoping reviews guide, with data sourced from five databases, including MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, Dentistry & Oral Science Source, and Cochrane Library. Inclusion criteria encompass dental practitioners' experiences with OMT, using the PCC mnemonic. Titles and abstracts will be screened by two independent reviewers, followed by full-texts, to identify relevant primary sources. The review will include primary studies of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods nature, and is limited to English-language publications. Data will be extracted by two independent reviewers and combined. The extracted data will be analyzed and displayed in a tabulated format, supplemented with a descriptive summary.

Conclusion: This scoping review will provide an understanding of the role of OMT in managing orofacial myofunctional disorders and other dental conditions. It seeks to identify barriers and facilitators in implementing OMT, aiming to guide strategies that encourage its adoption in dental practice. The findings are expected to contribute to integrating OMT into standard dental care as appropriate according to local regulations, enhancing the management of dental conditions and improving overall oral health outcomes.


Interdisciplinary approach, multidisciplinary approach, orofacial myofunctional disorders, oral health practitioner, orofacial myology, orthodontic management

PRISMA-ScR_Checklist_OMT scoping review protocol.pdf (502 kB)
PRISMA-ScR_Checklist_OMT scoping review protocol.pdf