Wikipedia describes Tongue Thrust as “the common name given to the orofacial muscular imbalance, a human behavioral pattern in which the tongue protrudes through the anterior incisors during swallowing, speech and while the tongue is at rest. It is also called “reverse” or “immature” swallow.”
When evaluating for tongue thrust in children and adults, we begin looking to see if the tongue is visible between the teeth. Does the tip of the tongue stick out between the teeth when the person is speaking, resting, or swallowing? The inability to close the lips completely could be due to a structural abnormality or habit.
Does the person breath through the mouth instead of the nose?
Is there an open bite? This occurs when the front teeth don’t meet when the teeth are closed.
Are they a slow, fast, or messy eater?
Is there a speech impediment? Lisping of s and z sounds is common.
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