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Any "tongue thrusters" in the house???

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Old 06-13-2002, 06:32 PM   #1
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Post Any "tongue thrusters" in the house???

OK, I was told I'm a "tongue thruster". I push my tongue onto my front teeth while swallowing instead of placing it on the roof of my mouth. I don't know any other way to swallow!!! It is so frustrating to me because my front teeth are starting to move outward. It's pi$$ing me off! I want to get braces but, I was told that if I don't get my tongue under control, I will be wasting my money. Does anyone do this? If so, how did you stop???????

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Old 06-29-2002, 07:32 PM   #2
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If you have a space it is common for the tounge to trust foward. There are way to control the problem. I have seen several applinces with beads that orthodontist use to teach the tounge to be in the proper place when you swallow. It is hard to learn because you have been swallowing this way for years and it is a habit. Like all habits it takes time. Speak to an orthodonitist and see what he/she says.

Old 06-29-2002, 10:21 PM   #3
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Hi! I am a fellow "tongue thruster". Was told the same thing by the Orthodondist about braces not doing much good if I didn't change the habit. Wasn't given any options about any devices to help me change the habit, but of course that was about 10 years ago. Since I was going to have to have some teeth pulled getting the braces, I decided against getting them if my teeth were just going return to the same position. Think I might make a return visit and check out those devices to help correct the tongue thrust. Thanks!

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