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Tongue thrust in adults


Tongue thrust, or reverse swallow, is evidenced by the incorrect placement of the tongue between the upper and lower teeth in swallowing or at rest. 1 Most dentists and speech pathologists associate the term "tongue thrust" with concomitant speech problems and malocclusions that may require orthodontic appliances. From her own files, the author cites case his­tories of adults who developed serious oral conditions as a result of tongue thrust conditions. (This article is reprinted from Dental Survey, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 34-40, April 1978.)