Signs That Your Child May Have a Tongue Thrust.

Updated: Feb 12, 2019


A tongue thrust, or ororacial myofunctional disorder, happens when the tongue pushes against or between the teeth while your child is at rest, swallowing, or talking. Untreated, a tongue trust can cause dental and speech problems and is very difficult to correct without help from a speech-language pathologist.


Open Bite - Tongue Thrust

Signs that your child may have a tongue thrust:

  • Tongue pushing against front teeth

  • Difficulty with the 's' and 'z' sounds

  • Mouth breathing

  • Drooling

  • Messy eating

  • Limited tongue movement

  • Overbite, underbite or other dental issues

Speech-language pathologists at ABCommunication Clinic have the training, experience and knowledge required to correct this atypical swallowing pattern.


Sharon Burgess

M.H..Sc., SLP, Reg. CALSPO


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