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Tongue-Thrusting

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Train that Tongue

Without therapy, the wrong oral habits, sooner or later, will cause tooth movement, breathing and speech problems

You’d think swallowing is easy as falling off a log. But some of us need help retraining muscles that we’ve been using wrong all along.

A “bad” swallow is just the luck of the draw, usually caused by unbalanced facial muscles or enlarged tonsils. When you swallow normally (and we do it about 2,000 times a day), the tip of the tongue is against the roof of the mouth, just above the front teeth.

A tongue-thruster, on the other hand, has learned to swallow with the tip of the tongue against the front teeth. Over time, this habit forces the front teeth forward into an overbite—and probably orthodontic care later on.

Some people who swallow wrong suffer from persistent stomachaches after eating—because of air swallowed along with food. And if you wear a denture, you’ll have problems keeping it in place unless your tongue muscles cooperate.

Swallowing is not something we think about doing. So re-learning to swallow takes patience, grit, and the help of a therapist schooled in how facial muscles work.

Without therapy, the wrong oral habits, sooner or later, will cause tooth movement, or breathing and speech problems.

If your child breathes through the mouth, grinds teeth, or has trouble speaking, let’s size up the situation early. A series of muscle exercises—and practice, practice, practice—may help.

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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