Swallowing and Tongue Thrusts
Tongue Thrust FAQs
3. What causes a tongue thrust? Thumb sucking, finger sucking, pacifier ( past the age of 2), tongue ties, poor/ low muscle tone, enlarged tonsils and adenoids.
4. Can myofunctional therapists provide feeding and swallowing therapy? Myofunctional therapists who have a background as speech language pathologists may provide feeding and swallowing therapy.
5. What happens if I don't treat my tongue thrust? Orthodontic relapse, TMJ disorders, difficulty chewing, swallowing and digesting food.
6. How long does myofunctional therapy take? Therapy sessions are held every two weeks. It is expected that the patient will practice at home daily. Usually 10-15 sessions are required. This may seem like a long time but think about how many years your tongue and lips have been utilizing improper patterns.