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Tongue Thrust Therapy
Tongue thrust is a natural, involuntary movement that newborns exhibit that should disappear within a few months. If it doesn’t, tongue thrust therapy may be necessary to help the infant learn to swallow properly and lose the thrust. Tongue thrust is actually caused by an improper swallowing technique. As babies age, they should develop the proper swallowing technique that adults exhibit where they place the tongue firmly against the top palate of the mouth. Tongue thrust that continues past the first few months of life can cause difficulty with feedings, eating solid foods, and eventually with tooth development as the primary teeth erupt.
With myofunctional therapy, we can help retrain all of the muscles and nerves in the face, mouth, and throat to create a proper swallowing technique and eliminate the tongue thrust action.
Proper Tongue Position
- Low, improper tongue posture is usually because of necessity or habit
- A low tongue position can cause airway obstruction and improper facial muscle functioning.
- When nasal breathing is temporarily or permanently impaired, the jaw drops causing the tongue to position itself low and forward to open the airway.
- Sleep disordered breathing can cause the tongue to move forward and rest against the teeth.
- Proper tongue posture is where the tongue rests at the top of the mouth without any pressure on the top teeth