MDP Speech-Language Therapy
Marissa D’Agostino-Pendley, MS/CCC-SLP
Phone: 239-248-0458
E-mail:
marissaslp1@aol.com

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Tongue Thrust Therapy

Tongue Thrust Therapy

Implementation of this 12 week program [with 5 follow up sessions], developed by Dr. Bernard Fogel, PhD., SLP, has shown minimization or elimination of intraoral pressure, marked improvement in teeth positioning and prevention of relapse.  For over 47 years, Dr. Fogel’s program has helped patients eliminate tongue thrust and now MDP Speech and Language Therapy is offering the same program to your clients.


Tongue Thrust Therapy Factoids:

    
    The tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the human body.
    
It can exert 3 ½ to 5 pounds of pressure when pushing against the teeth.

    People average 2,000 swallows a day.

    This pressure can move the upper front teeth outward or create an open bite.


What is Tongue Thrust?  Definition is as follows:  adj. using the tongue to push with a sudden force, as in tongue-thrust swallow.  A descriptive term used diagnostically to describe a type of deglutition where, at the moment of swallowing, there is a force exerted against or between the teeth anteriorly, laterally (uni- or bi-), or in combination, by the tongue, with a concomitant malocclusion.  [1] Functional:  due to improper use, or [2] organic (pathological); includes ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), macroglossia (enlarged tongue), etc.  Various estimates for the incidence of tongue thrust swallowing range from 70-80%of the orthodontic population (open bite).

 

Who Needs Tongue Thrust Therapy?

Tongue thrust therapy is often recommended by dentists or orthodontists for both children and adults.  Therapy can be done before, during or after the orthodontist puts on braces. If the tongue thrust behavior is not corrected, orthodontic treatment may take longer and a person may experience relapse when orthodontic treatment has ended.


What is involved in Tongue Thrust Therapy?

Tongue thrust therapy includes exercises for the lips, tongue and jaw that are designed to change an incorrect swallow to an adult pattern that is beneficial to the positioning of teeth.  It will minimize or eliminate intraoral pressure.  This can usually be accomplished in 12 weekly, half hour sessions with daily practice at home.  A maintenance program is then implemented [5 sessions] over a year to check for maintenance of correct swallow.

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