Causes of Tongue Thrust

I had previously posted a video about tongue thrust (What is Tongue Thrust) that you can see here.

I wanted to add to that discussion with another video about the causes of tongue thrust and beginning to look at what you can do as a parent about reducing the likelihood of orofacial myofunctional issues from getting started.


Hey everybody, it’s Scott Zischke, speech pathologist in south metro Denver.  I wanted to get back out here and follow up on the tongue thrust video I posted earlier.  I got some pretty good responses and I just wanted to address some additional issues that I wanted to take care of.

What we really should be asking about tongue thrust is, what causes it?

Ok so we’re looking a structure and we’re looking at behavior.  So the structural issues are going to be more like the things that you are going to have a harder time controlling, like large tonsils, large tongue, small jaw, things like that that are either genetic or hereditary or even acquired by accidents.  So you are not going to have a whole lot of control over that, but there are some things that you are going to have control over, which are going to be more the behavioral things.  That’s going to be the mouth breathing – with allergies that’s going to be harder – but we are also looking at things like thumb sucking, lip and fingernail biting, prolonged bottle use or sippy-cup use, as well as prolonged pacifier use.

So the longer we let these behaviors go, the more likely it is that you are going to be coming in to see a speech pathologist or a dentist or orthodontist and getting some corrective work done, which cost you in the long run.  So its easier to nip them in the bud as soon as you can.

So I’m going to be posting a link to my website about all of that information as well as in the description below.  If you want me to talk more about any specific topic, go ahead and comment or send me an email or give me a call if you are in the area for a consultation.  Thanks again for watching and I hope to hear from you soon.