Tongue Thrust Information
Mouth Breathing & Adenoid Facies

Tongue Thrust Information


I struggled for years to get help for my daughter's tongue thrust that I diagnosed at 2 years of age. 
                  Her teeth are a mess at 7 and I finally found an orthodontist that believes in and treats the
                  condition prior to braces so I don't waste my money on dental correction only to have it undone
                  by the tongue thrust (like my sister).  Tongue thrust tends to run in families. Here is a link to
                  information I share with parents.   I typically copy and paste the information into a WORD
                 document and then print it out and go through and highlight some of the important aspects and
                 review it in the meeting, especially for those children I am dismissing that could not correct their
                 lisps due to the tongue thrust or as justification as to why I am not placing the child for therapy.  It 
                 usually helps explain it better than I can and parents react differently to material in print then they
                 do when I just 'say it'.

Tongue Thrusting--Information from Braces San Diego

Tongue Thrust Link--Great article that shows what this condition does to teeth

Swallow test for suspected tongue thrust

The swallow test is based on what I have found in my research plus my own unscientific research
                  with my own family and neighbors with the condition.


Mouth Breathing--Adenoid Facies

Many people do not realize the impact mouth breathing has on the face of a child whose bone
                    structure is still developing.  For many kids, their face will morph into a crescent moon profile  or
                    "long-face" shape.  I have personally witnessed this in a set of twins.  One a mouth breather, one
                    not.  The difference in their face shape was shocking and happened so slowly over the years that it
                   went unnoticed.  If you suspect mouth breathing, refer the child to the nurse to refer to the ENT. 
                   If you don't have a process in place for this in your school, consider being the one to advocate for
                   it.   The links below can explain this better and will help you to understand what this condition can
                   do to a child's face.   It is called Adenoid Facies.  

Article from General Dentistry

Another source