Tongue thrusting is also called a reverse swallow or immature swallow. It is when the tongue protrudes through the front teeth during swallowing, speaking, and while the tongue is at rest
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Thumb/finger sucking is a habit usually formed in childhood and can carry on into adulthood. It is usually stopped early on in life to prevent tooth misalignment, open bite and various other issues. Traditional appliances like the one pictured above are very uncomfortable!! OUCH would you want that in your mouth??
*Tongue thrust images courtesy of The Coulson Institute, Denver, CO.
Children whose mouth breathing is untreated my develop long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion (crooked teeth), gummy smiles and many other unattractive facial features.
Mouth breathers may be prone to:
-Sleep disturbances and poor sleep
-Inability to concentrate during the day