Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Does a tongue thrust ever just “develop" after a client has been in braces for a period of time? Or it is more likely that the tongue thrust was present but just undetected until a certain time? Or would it depend upon the occlusion and other factors?
Friday, 30 October 2015
Mom says she has tried everything and nothing has worked. It is also interesting to note that this same child has significant weakness of the tongue.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
We look at several things here. First of all, look at where the frenum inserts into the floor of the mouth. Is it on or right below the lower alveolar ridge? Or is it fairly far back on the floor? Also, look where the frenum inserts into the tongue itself. Is it about midway or is it closer to the tip? Or is it far down at the base of the tongue?
Sunday, 15 March 2015
I had a patient yesterday. Nine years old, forward tongue thrust. Severe allergies and asthma. These are under control as much as they are going to be. Age 9. To see orthodontist soon. So, is this one that I take as far as possible knowing it will not correct totally?
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
at times her tongue was in and her lisp were together (which suggests to me that there are no nasal breathing issues). Her tonsils were not visible (small???). She seemed to easily be able to breathe through her nose. Parents report that she does snore a little. Her cheeks were pretty "puffy" looking, but she is a young child so it seemed like it could be just a baby face. On the inside of her mouth, her cheeks seemed really "thick".
Saturday, 15 November 2014
I recommended a lingual frenectomy, which was done last week. She is coming back to therapy Wednesday, and I was wondering if there are specific exercises that should be done post-frenectomy to avoid scar tissue from forming.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
A nice "flow" of conversation will help to embed that "h" sound within words and phrases rather than just saying it at the beginning.
Sunday, 15 June 2014
There is no easy help for an adult (or child) tongue sucker. That's where psychology has to be incorporated. As with all noxious oral habits, you want to work first on Awareness...
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Today I saw a Mexican American baby 2 1/2 months old that frequently but not always has her tongue sticking out of her mouth. It reminds me of a Down's baby, but she has no other Down Syndrome characteristics.
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Today, a 5 year old, (parents divorced this last year,) had stopped thumb sucking, but recently went back to it. I'm wondering how long to wait, because of the divorce issues and living in 2 households now, etc. She's suppose to let me know when she's ready, but do I put this off for a while due to the divorce?