Dental Malocclusions

Girl shows her teeth-pathological bite, malocclusion, overbite.

The effect of the tongue on development of the dental occlusion is a result of its pressure on teeth and other areas during rest and function. Poor tongue posture and associated tongue dysfunction or bad habits such as digit sucking can result in malocclusion of teeth, such as open-bite malocclusion (Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital. 2016; 36(5); […]

Snoring and Sleep apnea

Snoring. Couple in bed while the woman is trying to sleep

Habitual mouth-breathing is one of the common causes of sleep-breathing difficulties such as snoring and sleep apnea, where during sleep the mouth remains open and the mandible drops backwards causing the soft tissue (including tongue) to collapse the airway. Tongue elevation exercise improves nasal breathing, results in a better control of the extrinsic tongue muscles […]

Mouth Breathing

Correcting Tongue Posture

Up to 30-50% of modern adults breathe through the mouth, especially during early morning hours. Children with untreated mouth breathing may develop long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion, gummy smiles, and many other unattractive facial features (J Int Oral Health 2014; 6(6); 50). When the tongue is trained to rest against […]

Tongue Thrust

Female tongue and red painted lips

Tongue thrust refers to a forward or downward resting posture, where the tongue rests against or over the lower teeth. Tongue thrust can develop the habit of mouth breathing and is usually associated with other conditions such as habitual digit-sucking and open bite malocclusion. Tongue exercise to increase tongue muscles tone and correct for tongue […]

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