Edition V17N03 | Year 2012 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 200 to 206
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the decision making of orthodontists of Passo Fundo district – Rio Grande do Sul (RS)/Brazil, in the Orthodontics/Speech Therapy interdisciplinary treatment of mouth breathing individuals. Methods: The present study is a quantitative approach and the design is descriptive, using as instrument data collection of a questionnaire sent to 22 orthodontists practicing in the above-mentioned district. The project was approved the the Ethics in Research Committee and all individuals signed a free informed consent. Results: All professionals considered the inter-relation between Orthodontics and Speech Therapy necessary, but divergences were found in situations where a associated therapy may exist, considering that 54.5% trust the interrelation to develop aspects associated to language, oral facial motricity and habits. In cases of associated treatment, the results obtained were considered satisfactory by 73.7% of professionals, even though they consider that only 6 to 20% of their patients collaborate with treatment. Conclusion: In relation to decision-making in treatment of mouth breathing individuals, the orthodontists in Passo Fundo/RS agree that there is need for speech therapy. The full vision of the individual in a multidisciplinary team is of fundamental importance in the treatment of patients with mouth breathing syndrome.