What Causes Tongue Thrust?
- Thumb sucking and/or nail biting
- Mouth breathing
- Premature loss of "baby" teeth
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Hereditary factors
- Enlarged tonsils & adenoids
Tongue Thrust Indicators
- Sucks the thumb, fingers, tongue
- Bites fingernails, pencils, etc.
- Breathes through the mouth
- Habitually rests tongue against or between the teeth
- Drinks large amounts of liquid with meals, washing down the food
Tongue thrust is the pushing of the tongue against the teeth while swallowing or at rest. The average person swallows approximately 2,000 times per day and exerts pressure with each swallow. This can push the teeth out of alignment and may cause distorted speech sounds.
What's Involved: The Tongue Thrust Program
IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust is a step-by-step program that leads you through tongue exercises that are explained in written words and videos to correct your tongue thrust in only seven weeks.
The author, Janet Bennett, M.Ed., has a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and has been a licensed, Speech Pathologist for over 35 years. She has treated Tongue Thrust exclusively for the past 25+ years and is now sharing this new information.
The exercises vary from week to week but take only 5-10 minutes per day. Most of them can be performed while driving to work, reading, watching TV or vacuuming.
Recommended for ages 8 and over. A younger child may be able to perform the exercises, depending on their maturity.
Most people who have a tongue thrust also breathe through their mouth while sleeping, if not also while awake. When mouth breathing, unfiltered and cold air enters the body instead of clean, warm air. This can result in congestion or other problems of the upper respiratory tract. Mouth breathers often have a short upper lip, making it difficult to keep the lips closed without thinking about it. The IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust program provides lip exercises to increase nasal breathing.
Why is the Dentist / Orthodontist Concerned?
Tongue thrust often results in an open bite and/or "buck" teeth. If a person is swallowing incorrectly, it will be difficult to maintain the full orthodontic result: the tongue will continue to affect the overall jaw development as well as the tooth alignment. Therefore, it is important to correct the tongue thrust before braces are removed.
What treatment is appropriate? The IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust goals are to:
- Train the muscles necessary for a good swallow and correct resting posture
- Teach the correct swallow
- Make the correct swallow a habit
- Eliminate undesirable oral behaviors
What makes the IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust program different from other programs?
The Tongue Stick™
"Remember" Bracelet helps you
remember to do the exercises.
A major reason people are unable to keep their teeth closed is because their tongue is too wide for their mouth.
Do you see small indentations on the sides of your tongue? This is a sign that it is crowded in your mouth.
One of the major exercises with this program involves stroking the sides of your tongue to stimulate and tighten the muscles, which can result in a skinnier tongue.
The Tongue Stick® was specifically designed to perform two of these special exercises. It ensures that you are stroking the targeted tongue muscles.
A Special Tongue Thrust Program has been written for your use!
This version is a site license (for a school system or practice) therapists may use to treat an unlimited number of clients. Included with this product is a user name and password that can be given to clients to login to the program and the entire program on CD for the therapist.