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tongue-thrust-asheville-nc.jpgSurrounded by mile-high mountains on every side, Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most visited cities in the South. There is no place quite like it. At approximately 2,000 feet of elevation, it is the highest city east of the Mississippi River. Tens of millions visit Buncombe County every year, while thousands of residents relocate to the area as well. There are numerous reasons people are moving to the Asheville area:

  • Set in the French Broad River Valley, there are hundreds, even thousands of miles of hiking trails to explore. 
  • Asheville and nearby Brevard are hubs for mountain biking in the southeastern United States. 
  • The region is known throughout the country for premier shopping and a fantastic food scene. 
  • The River Arts District (RAD) is famous for its world-class art galleries. 
  • Biltmore Estate draws thousands of tourists each month and provides hundreds of jobs for area residents. 
  • The region has excellent schools and colleges. 
  • There is an abundance of great careers in every industry. 
  • Homeowners have the opportunity to own property with beautiful views. 
  • There are pristine rivers, creeks, and waterways in which to enjoy a variety of water sports. 

For Asheville families, there is so much to do, you do not want to be slowed by the effects of tongue thrust. Yet, your fatigue, stress, and speech can be impacted by where your tongue rests in your mouth. 

What is Tongue Thrust and How Bad Is It?

Tongue thrust is the act of pushing the tongue against the teeth when swallowing or at rest. The average individual swallows 2,000 times each day, applying pressure with each swallow. When a person's tongue is incorrectly positioned in his or her mouth, it exerts four to six pounds of pressure on their teeth thousands of times every day.

The tongue, even when they aren't swallowing, is still exerting undue pressure on their teeth. This can push the teeth outward, which can lead to the development of an overite and/or speech issues like a lisp. It can also contribute to mouth breathing, snoring, sleep apnea, fatigue, and other issues. Fatigue may be preventing you from enjoying all Asheville has to offer. 

What You Can Do About Tongue Thrust in Asheville, NC

IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust was developed right here in Asheville, NC. It 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., CCC-SLP, 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 making her treatment program available online.

Whether you are in Asheville or anywhere in the country, you can start correcting your tongue thrust today. Visit our online store to get started with retraining your tongue’s position so you can rest easier and be ready to enjoy western North Carolina.