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Abnormal Tongue Movement (Overview)

Abnormal tongue movements is a symptom in which a person's tongue has unusual movements, such as twitching or twisting movements spontaneously, or some undesired movements while trying to speak, chew, or swallow. The cause may be a problem with the nerves controlling the tongue muscles.


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How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust to be corrected?

How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust to be corrected?

Depends on cause.: Allergies, enlarged adenoids/tonsils, thumb/finger sucking, or a tongue anchored to the floor of the mouth are common causes. Heredity, neurological and muscular problems can contribute to this. See an ear nose and throat physician to evaluate the problem. Occupational/physical therapy can be helpful too. ...Read more

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Abnormal Tongue Movement (Overview)

Abnormal tongue movements is a symptom in which a person's tongue has unusual movements, such as twitching or twisting movements spontaneously, or some undesired movements while trying to speak, chew, or swallow. The cause may be a problem with the nerves controlling the tongue muscles.


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What is the definition or description of: Abnormal tongue?

What is the definition or description of: Abnormal tongue?

Abnormal tongue: Abnormal tongue = tongue may present as atypical or deviating from the norm regarding size, shape, color, texture, movement, problems with taste or speech. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust to be corrected?

Depends on cause.: Allergies, enlarged adenoids/tonsils, thumb/finger sucking, or a tongue anchored to the floor of the mouth are common causes. Heredity, neurological and muscular problems can contribute to this. See an ear nose and throat physician to evaluate the problem. Occupational/physical therapy can be helpful too. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust corrected by a speech therapist?

How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust corrected by a speech therapist?

Good with practice: Nobody teaches a newborn how to swallow. Many combinations are possible, depending on the shape of the nipple used in feeding them when firstborn. Tongue thrust results when the tip of the tongue touches the teeth instead of the ridges of the palate. Since we swallow hundreds of times a day, this powerful muscle can move the front teeth creating problems. Therapists teach optimal swallowing. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the abnormal mouth movements people make when they don't have teeth?

Can you please tell me about the abnormal mouth movements people make when they don't have teeth?

Collapse: Without dentures, there will be over closure. The chin will be too close to the nose. There is more of a side to side movement in chewing. The cheek comes in to hold the food over the gums. The tongue pushes the food over gums from the inside. ...Read more

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Can a blocked saliva gland affect tongue movement?

Can a blocked saliva gland affect tongue movement?

No: A blockage - usually a stone from a condition called sialadenitis - can cause local irritation and even mild local swelling. But your tongue movement would not be affected. You can suck on lemon drops and see if that removes the stone. A firm or hard swelling that affects tongue movement needs to be checked right away for possible tumor mass. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

Tongue: None that I know of unless you have a very high thyroid level. Check with your doctor.

If it is not thyroid please see a gastroenterologist or an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. ...Read more

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Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

More info needed: Thanks for your question! To me it sounds like a condition known as torticollis. In severe cases of muscle spasm, muscle relaxers and even sedatives are often needed to provide relief. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I know tongue thrusting against teeth causes tooth movement, will tongue thrusting against the gum just behind incisors cause tooth/ bone movement?

I know tongue thrusting against teeth causes tooth movement, will tongue thrusting against the gum just behind incisors cause tooth/ bone movement?

In over 40 years: I have never seen or heard of this happening, nor read of any scientific reports or findings. Tooth movement? Yes. Bone movement/reformation? Extremely rare if at all from tongue thrusting. ...Read more

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I have a ear clicking with any tongue movement. No wax, removed medication in case side effect. Not tmj. With no other symptom, is allergy possible?

I have a ear clicking with any tongue movement. No wax, removed medication in case side effect. Not tmj. With no other symptom, is allergy possible?

TMJ?: The click could be from the TMJ even if you don't have any symptoms. If a dentist has cleared you of any TMJ issues then you may have a blocked or inflamed eustacian tube. The tube allows are pressure to equalize between your middle ear and the atmosphere. You can check this yourself by changing altitudes to see if your ears pop or not. ...Read more

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Hi Dr. When I have a bowel movement, my breath smells like feces for the remainder of the day/night. Brushing, flossing/roof/tongue no help.

Hi Dr. When I have a bowel movement, my breath smells like feces for the remainder of the day/night. Brushing, flossing/roof/tongue no help.

Dental visit: You should consider being seen by a dentist and investigating your teeth to make sure that's not the primary source. Acid reflux may also cause bad breath. But bad breath typically is not related to bowel movements.
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Do uncontrolled tongue movements from antipsychotic use get worse over time?

Do uncontrolled tongue movements from antipsychotic use get worse over time?

They can: They can get worse, especially in older women. You and your psychiatrist will be faced with deciding whether your need for the medication overrides this symptom. If the antipsychotic dose is decreased, the movements may increase, at least temporarily. After a time they may decrease or stop, if the medication is stopped. Tardive dyskinesia can be very difficult to manage. ...Read more

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Weird sensation under tongue & slight odd tongue movements. Not interfering w/ anything, but concerns me. Not constant. Sometimes after stimulants.

Weird sensation under tongue & slight odd tongue movements. Not interfering w/ anything, but concerns me. Not constant. Sometimes after stimulants.

Tongue fasiculations: Can be caused by stimulants, neurologic disorders, Parkinson's Dz, etc. These are little involuntary movements in the tongue muscle. Even in normal people this can occur a little. Sort of like a tremor if you extend and spread out your fingers. For U, at 23yrs old, I wouldn't worry too much. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Abnormal Tongue (Definition)

Abnormal tongue = tongue may present as atypical or deviating from the norm regarding size, shape, color, texture, movement, problems ...Read more