What is tongue thrust?

A tongue thrust is a condition where the tongue rests incorrectly (e.g. between the teeth) or moves forward during a swallow.  The result is that the tongue pushes against or protrudes between the upper and lower teeth.

Some common indicators of a tongue thrust include:

  • an open bite
  • poor teeth alignment
  • poor muscle tone in the lips and cheeks
  • an open mouth resting posture during the day and/or at night
  • a tongue that you can see resting between the teet
  • difficulties saying "s, z, t or d" sounds
  • excessive lip licking or drooling
  • snoring.



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