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Alternative Treatments For Tongue Thrust
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
I have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be effective treatment?
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Trisomy kids have large tongue and also have tongue thrust disorder. Would glossectomy be an appropriate treatment?
Partial yes: In some cases a partial glossectomy (removing part of the tongue) can be very helpful. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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