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Understanding and Overcoming Tongue-Thrusting Habit: A Comprehensive Guide by DR.Raj kumar

tongue thrust habit

What is Tongue Thrusting and Why Does it Happen?

tongue pushing teeth forward  while swallowing leading to open bite
tongue thrusting pushes teeth forward leading to open bite

Understanding the Causes and Effects of Tongue Thrusting and How it Can be Treated

Tongue thrusting is a condition in which a person pushes their tongue forward against the front teeth during speech and swallowing. This habit can cause various dental problems, such as malocclusion (misaligned bite) and speech difficulties. But what causes a person to develop this habit?

The causes of tongue thrusting can vary, but some common causes include:

  • Thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use during childhood can lead to a habit of thrusting the tongue forward to make room for the thumb or pacifier.
  • Developmental delays or speech disorders can lead to difficulty controlling the tongue during speech and swallowing.
  • Nervous habits or stress can lead to unconsciously thrusting the tongue forward.

The effects of tongue thrusting can include:

  • Speech difficulties, such as lisping or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds.
  • Dental issues such as malocclusion, where the upper and lower teeth do not align properly, and the development of an open bite, where the front teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed.
  • Self-esteem and confidence issues due to the appearance of the teeth and difficulty speaking clearly.

Treatment for tongue thrusting typically involves a combination of therapy and orthodontic treatment.

  • Therapy: A speech therapist or behavioral therapist can work with the person to change the habit through exercises and techniques to improve tongue control and retrain the muscles used in speech and swallowing.
  • Orthodontic treatment: An orthodontist can evaluate the patient’s bite and create a customized treatment plan to correct any misalignment of the teeth caused by the tongue thrusting habit. This may include braces, expanders, or other appliances to properly align the teeth.
orthodontic appliances used to break tongue thrusting habit
tongue crib used to train the tongue

It’s important to note that treatment for tongue thrusting can take time and dedication, but with the right approach, the habit can be overcome, and the dental and speech problems caused by it can be corrected. If you or a loved one is struggling with a tongue-thrusting habit, it’s essential to seek professional help as soon as possible.

Contact us today at Baghel’s dental world to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raj Kumar and take the first step towards overcoming your tongue-thrusting habit.

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