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28 November 2023
TONGUE THRUSTING: CAUSES, SIGNS, AND TREATMENT
Tongue thrusting is a widespread oral practice with serious consequences for oral health and development. During swallowing, speaking, or at repose, the tongue is pushed against or between the front teeth. Understanding the reasons, detecting the symptoms, and obtaining proper treatment are all necessary for avoiding potential dental and speech problems.
Tongue thrusting can be caused by a variety of circumstances, including heredity, allergies, tongue bind (ankyloglossia), thumb-sucking, or chronic pacifier use. Mouth breathing due to nasal congestion might also contribute to this tendency.
Identifying tongue thrusting is critical. An open bite (a gap between the upper and lower front teeth while biting), speech issues, trouble swallowing, and a tongue resting against the teeth are common symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to orthodontic difficulties and speech impediments.
Tongue thrusting is often addressed with a multidisciplinary approach. Speech therapists can help patients retrain their tongue’s resting and swallowing positions. Orthodontic therapy, such as braces, may be required to rectify dental misalignments. Myofunctional therapy, which focuses on tongue and facial muscle exercises, can also be effective.
Finally, recognizing and managing tongue thrusting is critical for avoiding potential dental and speech issues. Individuals can overcome this habit and enjoy greater dental health with early intervention and a holistic approach.