Tongue thrust is the pushing of the tongue against the
teeth while swallowing or at rest. The average person swallows 2,000-4,000 times per day and exerts pressure with each swallow. This can push
the teeth out of alignment and may cause distorted speech sounds.
IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust is a step-by-step program that leads you through tongue exercises that are explained in written words and videos to correct your tongue thrust in only seven weeks.
What Causes Tongue Thrust?
Thumb sucking and/or nail biting
Premature loss of "baby" teeth
Lack of muscle coordination
Enlarged tonsils & adenoids
What Oral Behaviors May Be Present?
Sucks the thumb, fingers, tongue
Bites fingernails, pencils, etc.
Breathes through the mouth
Habitually rests tongue against or between the teeth
Drinks large amounts of liquid with meals, washing down the food
Why is the Dentist / Orthodontist Concerned?
thrust often results in an open bite and/or "buck" teeth. If a person
is swallowing incorrectly, it will be difficult to maintain the full
orthodontic result: the tongue will continue to affect the overall jaw
development as well as the tooth alignment. Therefore, it is important
to correct the tongue thrust before braces are removed.
What treatment is appropriate? The IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust goals are to:
Train the muscles necessary for a good swallow and correct resting posture
Teach the correct swallow
Make the correct swallow a habit
Eliminate undesirable oral behaviors
The Tongue Thrust Program
exercises vary from week to week but take only 5-10 minutes and most of
them can be performed while driving to work, reading, watching TV or
Recommended for ages 8 and over. A younger child may be able to perform the exercises, depending on their maturity.
Most people who have a tongue thrust also breathe through
their mouth while sleeping, if not also while awake. When mouth breathing, unfiltered and cold air enters the
body instead of clean, warm air. This can result in congestion or other
problems of the upper respiratory tract. Mouth breathers often have a short
upper lip, making it difficult to keep the lips closed without thinking about
it. The IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust program provides lip exercises to
increase nasal breathing.
What makes the IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust program
different from other programs?
The Tongue Stick™
"Remember" Bracelet helps you remember to do the exercises.
A major reason people are unable to keep their teeth
closed is because their tongue is too wide for their mouth. Go to the mirror
and stick out your tongue. Do you see small indentations on the sides of your
tongue? This is a sign that it is crowded in your mouth.
One of the major exercises with this program involves
stroking the sides of your tongue to stimulate and tighten the muscles, which
can result in a skinnier tongue.
The Tongue Stick™ was specifically designed to perform two of
these special exercises. It ensures that you are stroking the targeted tongue
The Tongue Stick™ is not available with the online only version.
"I Just wanted to thank you again for returning my call on purchasing your 'Tongue Sticks.' I can honestly say they are a tool I give all my new patients in my practice as part of my Orofacial Myology Therapy Program. The 'Tongue Sticks' are a great neuromuscular stimulator that aid my patients in performing the exercises necessary to correct their tongue thrust swallow patterns. So happy to have found you!"
Highest regards, Mary Ruma-Smith, BSDH, RDH, COM
Three versions of the program available:
1. Online instructions and videos Only - ORDER NOW
2. Online + CD Version + One Tongue Stick™ + One "Remember" Bracelet - ORDER NOW
3. Therapist Site License with Parent Instructions and Therapist Manual for teaching the program - ORDER NOW
Instant Access to Online Book and Videos
Optional CD available at purchase - recommended for dial-up users.