Tongue Thrust Habit

What is tongue thrusting?

A tongue thrust is an abnormal swallowing pattern that occurs when the tongue is placed between the teeth before and during swallowing. There are several different types of tongue thrust habits.


What causes tongue thrusting?


What can you do to stop it?

It is recommended to consult with a speech therapist regarding tongue thrusting. Speech therapists specialize in diagnosing the specific type of thrust that is happening. Then they can prescribe exercises to stop it. Oftentimes, we will recommend appliance therapy, as well as tongue strengthening exercises, which will act as subtle reminders to correctly position the tongue during swallowing.