skip to main content
Janet M. Bennett

Janet M. Bennett

Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    Six Ways Tongue Thrust Affects Your Daily Life

    The signs you are experiencing tongue thrust are there. Whether you have difficulty with certain parts of speech, trouble swallowing, experience excessive snoring, or something else, tongue thrust can have a profound impact on your life. You may not realize that those things are related to tongue thrust, or you may not realize all the ways in which your tongue thrust affects your day-to-day life, so in this article, we want to help. We are discussing ways in which tongue thrust impacts your daily life, in order to help you identify whether you or a loved one is experiencing it, and what to do about it.

    How Tongue Thrust Impacts Your Daily Life


     

    Tongue thrust describes the condition where the tongue, while at rest and/or swallowing, pushes against or comes between your front teeth. You likely do not even realize it is happening or how much it is impacting your life from day to day. 

    1) Tongue thrust can cause mouth breathing that can lead to many different health issues.

    Mouth breathing results in your body taking in cold, dirty air instead of warm, clean air, which is produced when you breathe through your nose. This can result in waking up tired, or with a headache. Difficulty concentrating or daytime sleepiness can occur. There are multiple sleep deprivation symptoms that may appear. Furthermore, if there are viruses and diseases in the air, you are breathing in their germs. 

    2) Tongue thrust can lead to dental issues

    If the tongue is putting pressure on the front teeth when swallowing, it can push them out, causing an anterior overbite. The tongue is considered one of the strongest muscles in the body which explains why the teeth can remain protruding even if there are braces. This could lead to expensive dental procedures and corrections in the future, especially for children. If you or your child is experiencing tongue thrust, you likely will not know how much damage it is doing to your/their teeth until corrective retainers or braces are needed

    3) Tongue thrust can lead to speech problems

    A person with a tongue thrust may mispronounce the  “s” and “z” sounds because their tongue is used to being near the front of their mouth and when they produce it, it sounds like a “th” so “sun” sounds like “thun”. This can be embarrassing and frustrating. Speech therapists who know how to treat a tongue thrust understand that they first have to build up the tongue muscles before learning how to produce those sounds correctly. 

    4) Tongue thrust can lead to snoring 

    If a tongue thruster breathes through their mouth while sleeping, this may result in snoring, which, over time, may lead to sleep apnea. That means that someone who snores is keeping themselves from sleeping just as much as their family. Unfortunately, tongue thrust, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea can lead to significant health issues related to fatigue. 

    5) Tongue thrust can lead to daytime fatigue

    If you breathe through your mouth while sleeping, this will lead to poor sleep which can lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Daytime sleepiness is more damaging than just inconvenience. Fatigue leads to a number of other issues, including:

    • Stress and irritability
    • Lack of focus on common daily tasks 
    • Issues with driving and potentially falling asleep
    • Lack of proper nutrition
    • Lack of energy needed to exercise and perform daily functions
    • Strain on relationships 

    Feeling tired all the time is something no one enjoys. If you can correct your fatigue, you should take every step possible to do so. 

    6) Tongue thrust can lead to teeth grinding

    Teeth grinding occurs when you are not aligned properly. Grinding your teeth is, of course, not good for your chompers. It can also lead to tension in your jaw, neck pain, and upper back pain. When you learn how to keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth, this aids in aligning your cranial bones which can result in reduced teeth grinding.

    If tongue thrust is a part of your life or the life of someone you love, IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust is here to help. IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust is a tongue muscle exercise program proven to stop tongue thrusting and snoring due to mouth breathing and incorrect tongue position. Our seven-week tongue exercise program helps correct tongue thrust without any medication, surgery, or invasive options. If you want to know more about our program, contact us, or order today.

  • Saturday, May 29, 2021

    Correct My Tongue Thrust to Stop Snoring

    Most of the time it can seem like a humorous part of your personality. The fact that you snore is something people poke fun at you about, comparing the sound you make when you’re asleep to sawing logs. However, you know that your spouse and family who hear you snore day in and day out are annoyed by it. And as far as your sleep is concerned, you’re not sure which is the chicken and which is the egg as far as what is causing you to feel fatigued all the time, but you know that you’re not getting enough rest. There is a good chance that your snoring is one of the reasons you feel tired all the time.

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Help! I'm Tired All The Time (Tongue Thrust and Fatigue)

    How many times each morning do you press the snooze button? Once, twice, five times, or more? Maybe you are one of the many who intentionally set multiple alarms each morning. While setting multiple alarms is not necessarily harmful to your health, the practice may be telling of a real issue in your life - you are not getting enough sleep. 

    If you wake up tired, groggy, and feel like you cannot hit snooze enough times to shake the feeling of sleepiness, you may need to make some subtle changes to your lifestyle. When you feel like there is not enough coffee in the world to keep you going through the day, the amount and quality of your sleep are likely the culprits. In this article, we want to provide some tips to get better sleep and feel less tired throughout your day. You might be surprised at how much the final step can improve your sleep and restfulness.

  • Thursday, April 08, 2021

    Do you have an overbite?

    Keeping up with our bodies is a lot like maintaining a vehicle. You have to change the oil, rotate and change the tires, replace the transmission fluid, and take dozens of other maintenance steps. Similarly, we have to maintain ourselves. We have to take medicine when we're sick, visit the doctor for a physical, and keep up with our dental care. When things get out of alignment, you have to make adjustments to correct issues at the source. When it comes to overbite, you want to make sure you are not merely correcting it cosmetically; you need to take steps to help ensure it doesn't happen again. Here is what you need to know about overbite and how it might be related to tongue thrust.


    What is an Overite?

    Overbite and overbite refer to the same condition where a person's top teeth stick out over the bottom teeth. With an overbite, your teeth never fully close together. This can affect the way you speak, the way you chew, and potentially even the way you breathe. Overbite can often be caused by tongue thrust.

    What is Tongue Thrust?

    Each time you swallow, your tongue exerts up to six pounds of pressure wherever it pushes during the swallow.. As you swallow, your tongue should press on the roof of your mouth, just behind your upper teeth. "Tongue thrust" occurs when your tongue pushes against the back of your teeth or protrudes between your teeth as you swallow.

    How Does Tongue Thrust Cause Overite?

    The average person swallows 2000-4000 times each day. If your tongue is resting against your top teeth, you are putting upwards of six pounds of pressure on them every time you swallow. Over time, this can result in pushing the top teeth outward, leading to an overbite.

    How to Correct Overite and Tongue Thrust

    Braces are likely the best way to treat the overbite itself, but your dentist/orthodontist will be able to answer whether or not that is the right direction to go. If you end up needing braces, they can be costly. It may be quite a financial investment to straighten your teeth with braces. However, when the braces are removed, if you still have tongue thrust, it is powerful enough to cause the overbite to return. So, before the braces come off, you need to correct the tongue thrust.

    Our Correct My Tongue Thrust Program walks you through a series of exercises that will help you strengthen your tongue. You will retrain your tongue to fit correctly in your mouth and give yourself the best chance at preventing the return of overbite and overbite. Check out our seven-week program if you're ready to fix your tongue thrust today.