Tongue Thrust Exercise

When you’re looking for a children’s orthodontist in Omaha, we at Pedodontics, P.C. strive to be your premier choice. With our wide range of braces and other orthodontic treatments, we’re qualified and capable of giving every one of our patients the smile that they deserve. It’s our goal to provide excellence in both dental and orthodontic care. We want to help you overcome any detrimental oral habits you may have. One such example is tongue thrusting, which we’re glad to provide a solution for.

What Is Tongue Thrusting?

Tongue thrusting is the habit of pushing your tongue forward between the upper and lower teeth when you swallow. The proper positioning for the tongue is for the tip to push against the gum above the back of your upper front teeth.

Why Is Tongue Thrusting Bad?

The tongue is a very powerful muscle – one that’s strong enough to push teeth out of their natural position. This bad swallowing habit is even more apparent when you realize that the average human swallows about 2,000 times a day! Over time, tongue thrusting can cause an open bite. This is when only the back teeth will come together during a bite – the front teeth won’t actually touch. As your trusted Omaha, NE orthodontist, we recommend treating this problem as soon as possible.

Our Tongue Thrust Exercise

For fixing this bad habit, we recommend this following exercise:

  • First, place a small orthodontic rubber band on the tip of your tongue.
  • Press the tip of your tongue against the gum in the roof of your mouth that’s right behind your upper front teeth.
  • Bite your teeth together in your regular bite; don’t bite forward.
  • Keep your lips apart.
  • Swallow. Make sure not to let your lips close or your teeth come apart. Also, please don’t panic if you accidentally swallow a rubber band – it will pass through your system without any problems.

Because you have a habit of pushing your tongue forward when you swallow, this exercise may be a little difficult to do in the beginning. However, with enough practice, it’s really not as hard as it may seem to be. We recommend doing two sets of 30 swallows every day, preferably once in the morning and again in the evening. While success will take some effort, when you manage to stop your tongue thrusting, your braces will be able to come off sooner and your teeth will stay in perfect alignment.

Contact Your Omaha, NE Orthodontist Today!

If you happen to have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We at Pedodontics, P.C. are happy to help you with any of your concerns. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us for braces or any of our other orthodontic treatments for children, we encourage you to give us a call at (402) 330-5913. We look forward to hearing from you and helping your child keep their teeth as straight and healthy as possible!