If your child has a habit of pushing his or her tongue against the teeth, Dr. Michael Emanuel recommends that you consider tongue habit correction in Brooklyn, New York. Tongue thrusting is common among children, but when it lingers past the age of four, it poses a risk to your child’s bite. In some cases, tongue thrusting can only be detected by an orthodontist, dentist, or speech therapist.
Also known as a reverse swallow or immature swallow, tongue thrusting is the act of placing the tongue too far forward or to the side, either while swallowing or as a subconscious habit. Over time, the constant pressure can push young teeth and arches out of alignment, resulting in oral issues and the need for orthodontic work down the road.
We provide custom-made tongue thrust appliances to help your child correct his or her habit before it results in damage. Tongue thrust appliances resemble mouth guards and are custom designed to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. When you visit our office for a consultation, Dr. Michael Emanuel will sit down with you to discuss your child’s specific needs and recommend the best option for treatment. If you are concerned about your child’s tongue thrusting, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.