Generally a tongue thrust swallowing pattern is handled in one of two ways:
- An appliance is placed by the orthodontist to control the tongue thrust
- Correction by oral habit training. This method involves working with a trained speech therapist to retrain the muscles associated with swallowing by changing the swallowing pattern.
With sincere commitment and cooperation of the child, correction is possible in the majority of cases. At the present time, successful correction of tongue thrust is as follows:
- 70% of the treated cases are successful
- 25% of the treated cases are unsuccessful due to poor cooperation or lack of commitment on the part of the parent or child
- 5% of the treated cases are unsuccessful due to factors that make correction impossible