Orthodontic issues like overcrowded teeth, spaced teeth, crooked teeth, and biting problems can be quite the headache. There are countless reasons behind these issues, including jaw size, alignments, oral habits, traumas, or injuries. One major culprit? You guessed it – tongue thrusting.
Applying excessive pressure with your thumb or tongue can wreak havoc on your teeth alignment and disrupt their development. Children often push their tongues against their teeth while their jaws and bones are still growing, leading to issues like open bites and gaps later in life.
So, what exactly is tongue thrusting? We know it affects children, but can adults be impacted too? What causes it, and what are the signs? Can it be corrected? How can we stop tongue thrusting, and are there any home remedies? This blog will answer all your questions, so let’s dive in!
Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.