Tell Me a Little About Tongue Thrust...
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Shari has published research showing that myo functional therapy is effective in improving the altered growth of tongue thrust on the oral structure. Above is research from the IJOM journal on a 9 year old client with tongue thrust. Notice the difference from top to bottom in this child’s oral growth and development.When the tongue started resting up in the roof, the roof begins to grow more appropriately. The earlier photos show narrow roof growth. This changed when the tongue started resting up in the roof, as it then appears to have grown more appropriately. This client learn to rest their tongue, lips, & jaw appropriately, and chew & swallow correctly.
.Tongue thrust is the general term to describe an imbalance of the facial muscles of the tongue, lips, and jaw. Proper rest position is tongue up, teeth almost touch, with the jaw aligned, and lips together. In tongue thrust, the lips are often apart, the Jaw is forward or dropped, and the tongue forward is often forward or down.Tongue thrust often leads to open bites and malposed teeth. It’s the slow gradual pressure from this tongue posture that takes it’s toll on the bite. It becomes very difficult for teeth to come in straight, come in correctly, sometimes to come in at all or on schedule, or to hold an orthodontic correction. Over time, poor oral rest postures that do not support good facial balance or oro hypotonia (tone) can lead to poor growth and development in the roof, face, and can even effect breathing or encourage TMD. If caught early enough, effects can be minimized. OM therapy can be successful at any age in the compliant and healthy person.