Is Your Child At Risk For Developing Tongue Thrust?

So what if we could go back and potentially undo some of these contributing factors at the earliest of ages rather than waiting until they are 8 and already entrenched in the reverse swallow tongue thrust patterns? This idea is so radical and revolutionary it just might change the face of tongue thrust!

What You Don’t Know About Tongue Thrust: The Hidden Danger

Most tongue thrust referrals come from orthodontists because the tongue is interfering with the growth pattern of the teeth. Some view this as a cosmetic problem and will use appliances such as baskets, spikes or even braces and retainers to discourage the tongue thrust. However, what often happens is that as soon as the appliances …

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Tongue Thrust Provider

The Stone Tongue Thrust Protocol (STTP) is a revolutionary treatment protocol that, when used correctly by a Certified STTP provider, eliminates the tongue thrust efficiently.  A provider who has taken the time to specialize and certify with the STTP will have a different perspective of tongue thrust and expectation for timeline of elimination.

Do you have TMJ pain?

Everyone knows TMJ pain is caused from teeth grinding and jaw popping right? Well, hold on a minute. Have you ever considered the role of your tongue in TMJ? I ask because I am a speech language pathologist, we are the “tongue specialists” and I never really thought about the connection until I saw first …

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Breaking Down Barriers

I still, on a very regular basis, hear from dentists and patients that nothing can be done (or needs to be done) for tongue thrust; that therapy doesn’t work; that you just need to teach them to put their tongue on their spot. I see patients after they are on their second or third set of braces with everyone frustrated because the teeth just keep moving. I see patients who are facing major jaw surgeries to address misalignment and TMJ issues. I see patients who have serious TMJ issues that have been treated by a variety of disciplines with no relief. Guess what they all have in common? Yup! They HAD tongue thrust and we eliminated it (as well as the other issues that were being caused or exacerbated by the tongue thrust)!

Kudos to the Parents!

I am continually amazed that in 2016 we still have these perpetuated myths about tongue thrust, whether it exists, what to do about it and whether it matters. I guess I’m amazed because I’ve been effectively treating and eliminating tongue thrust for almost 15 years so when I hear these reports from clients, friends, or …

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