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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Tongue Thrust

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If have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be treatment?

If have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be treatment?

No.: Common causes of tongue thrust include allergies, enlarged tonsils/adenoids, thumb/finger sucking, or a tongue anchored to the floor of the mouth. Heredity, neurological and/or muscular problems may contribute. Have an ENT physician evaluate this and then move toward occupational/physical therapy resources if surgery is not for you. ...Read more

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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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My 3.75 yo daughter has a slight lisp which needs to be evaluated for Tongue Thrust. How difficult will the speech therapy be or will it fix itself?

My 3.75 yo daughter has a slight lisp which needs to be evaluated for Tongue Thrust. How difficult will the speech therapy be or will it fix itself?

Tongue tie: She may have tongue tie,the tip of tongue is held back due to a residual membrane under the tongue,if so ,this needs to be released,surgically ,have her see an ent first,then a speech therapist ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for yellow tongue?

What  alternative treatments exist for yellow tongue?

Maybe thrush(fungus): The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments to lichen planus in my mouth?

Are there alternative treatments to lichen planus in my mouth?

Maybe: Most people with oral lichen planus don't need yo do anything because there are usually no symptoms. There is no cure and if it is severe enough for you to have symptoms then you will need either topical or systemic steroids depending on the severity. I am unaware of any alternative treatments for this condition. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a tongue thrust?

How can I get rid of a tongue thrust?

OT/ST: Occupational and/or speech therapists may be able to teach you new techniques for control of the facial and oral muscles. If they are unable to help you achieve the results you are looking for, evaluation by an ENT or orofacial surgeon may be of benefit. ...Read more

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Does tongue thrust cause mandibular retrusion if so how?

Does tongue thrust cause mandibular retrusion if so how?

No : Mandibular retrusion, or Class II malocclusion is a condition where the lower jawbone, the mandible is positioned more posterior than usual, a condition that is usually congenital, associated with an oversized maxilla, and can be acquired, is usually associated with a shortened tongue. I don't believe tongue thrusting by itself causes such a condition, but do ask another dentist about this ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum cause tongue thrust?

Can a deviated septum cause tongue thrust?

Deviated septum: No. your deviated septum is a separate issue. if you are having symptoms, see a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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What can be done for tongue thrust?

Tongue thrust: Tongue thrust are usually the result of being tongue tied. This can be solved with a simple frenectomy, if done with a laser there is no beeding or postop pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have several lisps/tongue thrust and would like some advice.?

See an orthodontist: First see an orthodontist for complete evaluation. No matter what age you are, how complicated is your situation, the orthodontics can help. They complete at least two extra years of schooling to practice their skills. Small oral appliance and home habit control will solve your problem at no time. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Is a tongue thrust appliance really necessary? The ones with little things hanging down can be seen by people. This would really embarrass my 9yrold.

Is a tongue thrust appliance really necessary? The ones with little things hanging down can be seen by people. This would really embarrass my 9yrold.

Yes: A little sacrifice now will go a long way toward preventing malformations of the bones resulting in an unsightly open bite later. Long term orthodontics is necessary to treat anterior open bites, so be patient , your dentist is doing the correct thing. ...Read more

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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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I have the spikey tongue thrust appliance, but my mouth is watering all the time. Is it usual?

I have the spikey tongue thrust appliance, but my mouth is watering all the time. Is it usual?

Very normal: Not only does the appliance being in your mouth stimulate the excess salivary flow in the beginning, but the fact that you are somewhat uncomfortable with it and much more aware of your mouth in general, that you are also more sensitive to everything. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a watery mouth when using a tongue thrust appliance?

Yes: Any time an appliance is placed in the mouth, the mouth salivates more because it thinks it is food that needs digesting. After the appliance has been in for a while, the body gets use to it as not food and stops the excess saliva flow. ...Read more

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What causes tongue thrust?

What causes tongue thrust?

Tongue thrust: Many times this condition is caused by being tongue tied( the frenulum anchors the tongue to tightly to the floor of the mouth). The tongue can not reach the roof of the mouth (proper swollowing position) so the tongue thrusts forward durring swollowing. A simple frenectomy will usually cure this condition. ...Read more