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What Is Tongue Thrusting?


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Baby smiling with a little tongue thrusting at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORIt is not unusual for babies to have tongue thrusting because it is a necessary reflex. Babies use tongue thrust to push small objects out of their mouths so that they don't choke. However, as your child ages, they should outgrow the tongue thrust. Here is some information about what tongue thrust is and how tongue thrust can affect your teeth.

About Tongue Thrust


If a child has a tongue thrust problem, they use their tongues to push either the teeth or the space between the upper and lower jaws forward. Researchers estimate that up to 25% of all adults still suffer from tongue thrust. While it is an important movement for babies to prevent choking, after babies learn to swallow, they can clear their airways themselves, which means they don't need to practice tongue thrusting.

Signs That Your Child May Have a Tongue Thrust


There are several signs that your child may have a tongue thrust. First, you may be able to see your child's tongue through their teeth. They may have a lisp or other speech impediment. Children may breathe through their mouths at all times and may have trouble closing their mouths. They may also have difficulty managing their food while eating. Also, check and see if your child has difficulty swallowing because their tongue is pushing the back of their teeth.

What Should I Do?


If you don't get your child's tongue thrust checked, it is possible they could push their teeth out of alignment. This can affect not only their teeth but their jaw joints as well. If you aren't sure whether your child has a tongue thrust problem, you can take them to see a dentist. The dentist will be able to pinpoint the cause of the problem and can suggest ways to fix tongue thrusting issues.

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