What is Tongue Thrusting?
Tongue thrusting is the abnormal habit of placing the tongue against
the front teeth before and during the act of swallowing. During
normal swallowing, the tongue should be placed on the roof of the
mouth, not against the front teeth. Placing the tongue against the
teeth develops the upper arch faster than the lower arch, protruding
the front teeth making them appear bucked. If you notice
your child repeatedly thrusting their tongue during swallowing,
consult Dr. Derrick.
What can be done about Tongue Thrusting?
There are devices that can help train children to properly swallow
thus preventing major orthodontic problems, abnormal speech patterns
and abnormal facial development. The device may be a removable retainer
that is used a few hours each day. In advanced cases, or for young
children, a device may be bonded in place.