Frequently Asked Questions about the Tongue Thrust Program
• How Can I Fix my tongue thrust?
• How Can I Fix my lisp?
• How Can I Fix my Snoring?
• I have a big tongue
• Does this program work children, too?
• I’m a therapist, can I teach your technique?
Is there a discount? YES! Coupon Code: 10off
What comes with my purchase?
- When you purchase the program, you will immediately have access to the entire program online. I will quickly mail you the Tongue Stick and reminder bracelet.
- There are seven lessons and each lesson introduces 3-5 different exercises. All seven lessons are in text for you to read. If you prefer, you can print them out instead of always having to be at the computer to read them.
- When you are ready to start learning the exercises for Lesson one, you will find a “table of contents” that will allow you to pick which lesson you need. If you don’ t immediately see a video to watch, scroll back up to find it.
- When you click on the first video, you will see me and Rusty in my office and I am teaching him the exercises for that lesson. What you will see is exactly what it would be like if you came to see me for private lessons. You will learn that your success will depend on whether you practice your exercises two times daily or not. I have often wondered what makes a person, like yourself, decide to practice their exercises. What motivates you to practice each exercise the exact number of repetitions/minutes? What are the chances that you will perform an exercise a couple of times, realize that you are doing it correctly, and then decide that you don’t need to do that anymore since you know how to do it?
- In an effort to help people make sure that they do their exercises correctly, I have made seven additional videos, one for each lesson. Click on the Lesson that you are working on and you will find me sitting at my desk waiting for you to join me to do the exercises. You don’t have to have the written exercises in front of you. You will do them with me and I will guide you through the correct number of repetitions/minutes. Each exercise video is approximately 9-15 minutes long. Later on in the day sometime, go back to the same video so you can do those same exercises again. I will be your cheerleader, knowing that you will be successful.
- If, for some reason, you are not able to do all of your exercises in a 7-day period, that’s ok. Start back as soon as you can. Do not skip lessons or jump around. Each lesson prepares you for the next one. Each lesson needs to be practiced two times daily for at least seven days. You can go slower but you should not speed it up. You are creating new habits.
- Believe that you will successfully stop thrusting your tongue when eating/speaking/swallowing and stop mouth breathing. These exercises are harmless and easy, yet extremely helpful.
How long does it take to correct a tongue thrust?
If you follow directions and do all 7 lessons it will take you 7 weeks. You will see the author treating someone for all 7 lessons over video.
Sticking with the program will start resulting in gradual improvements. Your tongue will get stronger and feel more comfortable in your mouth, and if you snore, it should gradually get quieter and quieter. As your tongue muscles get stronger as a result of you doing the exercises, more changes should occur.
Will this program help me stop snoring, too?
When I worked with a select group of 86 people, 94% successfully learned how to sleep without snoring and thus, waking up feeling rested. I work with people daily in my office and I have a 100% success rate IF the person can physically breathe through their nose and IF they do their exercises as prescribed.
You may be mouth breathing now but this will train you to nasal breathe, and is the secret to success.
Is the at home tongue thrust correction program for adults?
Yes! This program is for everyone over 7 years of age. However, sometimes, a younger child can be extra mature for their age and would be able to do the exercises with close adult supervision. I have treated people from 4 1/2 yrs of age to 86 years of age!
The exercises are for all ages because a tongue thrust is something that is treated with tongue muscle exercises so if you are mature enough to do them, they should get rid of your tongue thrust.
Does the program help with mouth breathing at nighttime?
Yes – this is THE program for mouth breathers! You will learn how to breathe through your nose IF you do not have a physical problem breathing through your nose (except when sick). The exercises will train you to breathe through your nose while awake and asleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed!
How do I stop pushing my tongue against my teeth?
That’s what the Correct My Tongue Thrust Program will teach you. It is easy and I am always available to help you through videos each week.
What comes with the IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust Program? Is the whole program online? Are there videos?
You will get seven weekly lessons with 3-5 different tongue exercises to train you to swallow a NEW way. This NEW way of swallowing will become a NEW habit. The entire program is online with great videos showing how to do each exercise. The written lessons included will walk you through each week of the 7-week program.
Is this available In Canada?
Yes. This is available in every country.
I have a lisp – can this program help me?
Yes. A lisp occurs when your tongue gets “in the way” while you are talking because your tongue is too far forward. This program to correct your tongue thrust will help tone and strengthen your tongue so that it stays out of your way when talking. There is additional information to help with your lisp.
When I sleep I suck on my tongue. It is embarrassing and it affects my teeth.
If you really want to stop sucking your tongue, I can help you get in the habit of keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth so that you cannot suck it. This is the goal of the Tongue Thrust Program.
I have a big tongue and you can see it when I talk
Does your big tongue bother you? Do you feel like it needs to fit better in your mouth? Can you see your tongue when you are chewing or talking? If so, this exercise program will help change that for you. The program comes with our patented “Tongue Stick” that you use to help strengthen and tone your tongue so it fits better in your mouth.
What is the main reason for the fat tongue and how do I get rid of it?
Your tongue is made up of muscles, much like your body. It is possible that your body can get “fat” and that is probably from eating the wrong foods and not exercising. Strengthening and toning your body muscles can make them more lean and less fat. The tongue will react to exercises much like your body reacts to exercises. So, the main reason for your tongue being fat is probably because your tongue is not “living” in the right place in your mouth and it is allowed to be resting more often with no boundaries, such as staying inside your mouth. It takes toned muscles for your tongue to live up on the roof of your mouth and stay inside behind your teeth. This tongue thrust program will provide you with the exercises your tongue needs to get in shape!
How can I correct tongue thrust for my 5 month old baby?
You don’t need to do that. We are all born with a tongue thrust. Around the age of 12 months, if the baby doesn’t continue to suck a pacifier or thumb or fingers, it should go away. If the baby continues sucking something longer, tongue thrusting may become a habit.
Will this program work with children?
This program requires that a child can focus on where their tongue is in their mouth and then changing that by watching the video and/or you, the parent. You know your child better than anyone. I usually don’t see them under the age of 7-8 because a certain level of maturity is needed to practice tongue exercises twice daily. This may only take 15-20 minutes. I have worked with a 4 year old autistic child whose mother was great about being sure her child was doing the exercises and doing them correctly. He was very successful with this program.
It won’t hurt if you get the program before your child is totally ready. You can always pick one exercise from Lesson 1 and work on that for as long as you like. When your child is mature enough, both of you will be ready.
How do you know if you really have a tongue thrust? These questions are for both children and adults.
When you swallow, does your tongue push the back of your teeth, or push between your teeth?
The correct way to swallow is to put your tongue tip on the roof of your mouth, immediately behind your teeth. When swallowing, the tongue goes up and back to clear the saliva.
Do you have an overjet (upper teeth stick out too far)?
An overjet usually occurs when you push your tongue against the back of your teeth, moving your teeth out.
Do you have an open bite (a space between the upper and lower teeth)?
An open bite usually occurs when the tongue protrudes between the teeth while swallowing. This usually results in a gap between the upper and lower teeth. If the sides of your tongue protrude between your back teeth, you may have trouble chewing, having only 1 or 2 contact points.
I’ve just learned that I have a tongue thrust and I also pronounce my “th” with my tongue in the wrong position. It’s clear this course will help with the tongue thrust but will it help me with the “th” so that my tongue is in the right position?
In order to say the TH correctly, you MUST stick your tongue out between your teeth. It doesn’t have to come out far. WHEW! Hope you are feeling relieved. We don’t say the TH sound often enough for it to hurt our teeth. So what does that mean? It means that your tongue is probably responsible for any malocclusion you may have but it is occurring when you swallow instead of when you make the TH sound so you just need to train it to function properly which is what my program will do for you.
Do you have to have your lips closed in order to swallow?
Look in the mirror. Smile real big so your teeth show. Now swallow your normal way. Watch yourself in the mirror. Did your lips immediately close? Do you find it difficult, if not impossible, to swallow while you are smiling? If you can swallow while smiling, can you see your tongue come to the front of your mouth and push against your teeth or come between them? This is the act of thrusting your tongue.
Do you make a funny face when you swallow?
If the lips are pursed and the chin bunched up when you swallow, that indicates a tongue thrust. Lip incompetence may also be a cause of making a “funny face” while swallowing. Lip incompetence means that the upper lip may be shorter than normal, making it more difficult for your lips to come together without effort.
When you say the “S” sound, does your tongue protrude between your teeth and sound like a “TH” sound?
If you have a lisp, your tongue is pushing against your teeth or protruding when you make the “S” sound. This does not necessarily mean that you have a tongue thrust while swallowing. Not all lispers are tongue thrusters and not all tongue thrusters are lispers.
Have you had braces removed and now notice that your teeth are moving back where they used to be?
If you had an overbite or open bite before you had braces applied, your teeth will probably return to their original position if you do not get the tongue thrust corrected before removing the braces. If the braces have already been removed and your teeth have started moving back, there is a good chance that your bite will improve once again if you treat the tongue thrust.
Note: An orthodontist should be consulted regarding the cause of the tooth movement and whether a Speech-Language Pathologist should be consulted regarding tongue postures/movements.
My daughter has mild tongue thrust but it’s affecting her bite and moving mainly her upper teeth so her braces off now are less obvious. We are considering a tongue crib or spurs for this. How much cost and how long take to do tongue thrust therapy for 16 yr old with mild symptoms?
I don’t identify a tongue thrust as being mild, moderate or severe. A tongue thrust is a tongue thrust and in your daughter’s case, it is strong enough to move her teeth, which is very common!
It sounds like that her braces are now off and you are considering having a tongue crib or spurs put in her mouth. When her tongue starts sliding toward the front of her mouth to push against the back of her top teeth, then this crib or spur will STOP her tongue from getting close enough to move her teeth. I have never worn these and don’t know how uncomfortable they are when your tongue runs into them with approx. 6 lbs. of pressure and determined to push the back of the teeth. Ouch?? We swallow 1,000 to 2,000 times per day.
These “things” will probably do the job when it comes to preventing her tongue thrust from moving her teeth anymore. But, there is more to think about.
How long does she have to wear the crib or spur? You can’t decide to remove it when she stops thrusting her tongue because this is not going to help her stop thrusting her tongue. It just prevents her tongue from thrusting as far as it would like to. Her habit is still there. So, does that mean she has to wear this thing forever? Yes, I believe it does. The minute it is removed, it is highly likely that her tongue will still be rushing to push against the back of her teeth, which will then start moving again.
Solution: Your daughter’s tongue thrust habit must be stopped. She needs to learn a new place from which her tongue will push off from when she swallows. Right now that place is her teeth. She needs to make it a habit to push against a specific “spot” on the roof of her mouth, forming a NEW habit. The Correct My Tongue Thrust program will teach her how to do this and if she follows the instructions and practices her exercises then this new habit could be formed in less than 7 weeks. At this point, she will not need a spur or crib and her teeth may start moving back to where they were when she first had her braces removed. Since her tongue is no longer pushing against the back of her teeth, her teeth should remain beautiful.
Do you constantly have chapped lips?
Chapped or cracked lips are due to constant lip licking and mouth breathing. You may think you have to lick your lips because they are dry. Actually, the reason the lips are dry is the constant licking and resulting chapping.
The tip of my tongue is always sore and gives me discomfort.
Close your mouth – can you feel the tip of your tongue pushing against your teeth? If so, that is why it is sore. We can change that with tongue exercises.
I am 43 and have lip incompetence and a short upper lip. Will this help me at my age?
It certainly should and feel free to be aggressive and do the exercises more than what is suggested.
Where should my mouth be when my lips are closed?
Focus on resting your tongue gently on the roof of your mouth and about a half an inch away from your teeth. To fully practice proper tongue posture, your lips should be closed, and your teeth separated ever so slightly.
Where should my tongue be when sleeping?
Proper tongue positioning occurs when you gently rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth and away from the teeth. During rest, the lips should also be closed, and the teeth slightly parted.
Can your tongue block your airway?
When sleeping and lying on your back, the force of gravity causes the chin and tongue to fall backwards against the back of the mouth and throat, which may block the airway. The tongue is the most common cause of airway obstruction while sleeping.
Can your tongue move your teeth?
Research shows that, left untreated, a tongue thrust can cause malformed teeth. When the tongue pushes against the back of the teeth, the pressure can make your front teeth move outward.
Does mouth breathing change face shape?
According to research, mouth breathing can affect the entire system. Mouth breathing can particularly affect the facial muscles and bones of a growing child. Mouth breathing can cause facial deformities that are often too severe for orthodontics to correct. These individuals may require jaw surgery later in life.