Myofunctional Therapy - Tongue Thrust

Tongue TherapyWhat is it? During swallowing and during rest posture the tongue may contribute to an unwanted moving of the teeth. The habit of resting the tongue between the teeth is commonly referred to as “tongue thrust.”

What causes it? One or more of the following:Thumb and finger sucking habits

  • Habitual mouth breathing
  • Open mouth resting posture
  • Neurological problems
  • Structural problems
  • Development problems

The design of the treatment is:To develop an awareness of muscle function.

  • To tone the muscles of the mouth.Tongue Therapy
  • To change swallowing patterns to aid in orthodontic treatment.
  • To establish a routine to make the new swallow a habit.

Correcting Tongue Thrust may:Guide the teeth into a desirable relationship during the growth and development years.

  • Assist the orthodontist in the attempt to align the teeth and jaws.
  • Assist in stabilizing the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment and/or surgery.

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