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What to Do About Tongue Thrusting

What to Do About Tongue Thrusting

Are you worried about your child needed orthodontics? A lot of kids have what is called a tongue thrust that can cause some issues for their oral health. The good news is that tongue thrusting is very treatable. We would be happy to set up a free consultation to look at your child and come up with a treatment plan for them. Please keep reading to learn more about their condition and then give us a call as soon as you can.

What is Tongue Thrusting?

The definition of tongue thrusting is in the name. This is a condition where the tongue pushes too far forward in the mouth and can cause an open bite. It might be because the child has allergies, has a tongue tie, or has poor swallowing habits.

When babies are bottle-fed, they often have a tongue thrust which is completely normal but as they get older it is supposed to go away. When children use a nipple bottle or a pacifier too long, they can develop an abnormal tongue thrust.

We can diagnose tongue thrusting in our office. You might already have a diagnosis from a pediatrician though as they often notice it during regular checkups. We will look at how your child swallows and how they talk to be able to figure out if they need treatment.

Treating a Tongue Thrust

We can place an orthodontic device called a tongue crib that gets placed in the roof of your child’s mouth. This device can correct your child’s open bite. If this is being caused by allergies, your child might need to see an allergist to help them. In some cases, your child could need swallowing therapy if that is why they are experiencing tongue thrusting.

The only way to know for sure what your child needs to improve this condition is by coming to our office for an appointment to discuss treatment with a Buffalo orthodontist.

Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation

If your child has tongue thrusting, we would love to hear from you right away. We can get your child in to see us for a free consultation. There we will look at the situation and then come up with a treatment plan so that they no longer have to suffer, and this problem won’t affect them any longer. Give us a call right away. We’d be happy to help.

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