Tongue Thrust / Oral Motor

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Tongue Thrust / Oral Motor
A tongue thrust is when the tongue protrudes between the upper and lower teeth during speech or swallowing and/or the tongue lies too far forward at rest. A tongue thrust is considered normal during the infant swallow stage but this usually decreases and disappears as a child grows and transfers to an adult swallowing pattern.
If the tongue thrust continues, a child may experience the following:

The most common causes of tongue thrusts are thumb or finger sucking, cheek/nail biting, tooth clenching/grinding and prolonged use of pacifiers and sippy cups.

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