Tongue thrust appears when the tongue presses forward too far in the mouth, resulting in an abnormal orthodontic condition called an “open bite.”
The condition is most common in children. It has a myriad of causes, including:
- poor swallowing habits
- prolonged pacifier or bottle use
- biting on sippy cups
Untreated tongue thrust can lead to expensive orthodontic procedures which unfortunately result in lifelong retainer use or relapse because the underlying cause of the thrust was never corrected. Contact us today if you see your child's teeth are out of alignment or they have issues with swallowing.