Tongue Thrust

What is Tongue Thrust?

Swallowing with the tongue forward & improper resting posture of the tongue can interfere  with the relationship of the teeth contributing to malocclusion. Muscles of the tongue, lips & cheeks work against the natural dental structures.

Orofacial Myology uses exercises to change muscle patterns and postures of the tongue and lips. Therapy usually takes 3-5 minutes, 3 times a day for approximately 8-10 weeks. We work together with dental professionals to achieve lasting results!

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality Orofacial Myology therapy fro adults and children, utilizing the latest research, in a friendly, fun and comfortable environment.

TONGUE THRUST….What is it?

How do you recognize it?

Many people recognize it when their orthodontic case relapses or FAILS.

Teeth can separate vertically, in the front, creating an ‘open bite’ which makes it difficult to bite into many foods.

They can also separate in the back, stopping the teeth from coming together enough for a person to chew well. The issue is usually a condition called ‘Tongue Thrust’, the movement of the tongue forward or laterally, helping to cause enough movement for the teeth to stop fitting together.


The Mighty tongue is considered to be the strongest set of muscles in the body for its size. It’s real job is to help the other facial muscles widen the palate (the roof of the mouth) creating enough room for the adult teeth in children, and to help to stabilize teeth in adults. An ‘infantile swallow’ usually transitions to a ‘natural’ swallow at around seven to eight years’ of age. Many are unable to make that transition due to allergies, sinus issues, thumb or finger sucking, low facial muscle tone, or just habit. These can change the facial shape forever. 


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Melody's Story:

 ...We took Melody to see a practitioner, Sandra Coulson, who does orofacial myology. This changed her life (and ours as well). Within one week, we were seeing Melody working less to breathe while sleeping. After a couple of weeks we could observe no apnea while she was sleeping. We have a very high quality pulse ox, and the numbers for her oxygen levels astounded us. She used to be in the 70’s while sleeping without oxygen. Within one week of seeing Sandra her oxygen levels while sleeping were about 89.

Those numbers have steadily increased since then. Now she is typically about 94-95 without oxygen while sleeping, and that number seems to keep rising. Frequently, by morning her oxygen levels are about 96-98. Melody sleeps in a crib in our room and I find it immensely comforting to hear the quiet sound of her rhythmic, non-stressed breathing. In addition to the orofacial myology helping her breathing, Melody has changed in other positive ways as well. For the most part, she no longer snores. It used to be that her snoring was so loud you could hear her from a pretty good distance away. Melody used to be perpetually congested, even when she wasn’t sick. That is no longer the case! Melody used to have her little signature snort while awake. That is resolved. When she is teething she might drool a little more than your average teething baby, but substantially less than she did previously. All of her mouth muscles are so much stronger that she can now drink from a cup!

I am happy to share Melody’s story with anyone who could use it to further disseminate knowledge about what Coulson and Associates do. If we can be a part of helping even one family get the help they need for their baby, we would be honored.

With love,


"I just had to write to share my deep appreciation for Sandy and her team! I have a 2.5 year old daughter with bad hair pulling habit that developed when she was 6 months old (in conjunction with her thumb sucking). After countless efforts to nip the habits ourselves (hair cuts, lovies, blankets, new beds, redirection), we were hopeless. Our pediatrician referred us to Sandy and we immediately felt relief. Sandy and her team were warm and knowledgeable; they reassured us that they could help us break our daughter's hair pulling and thumb habit in a warm and inviting environment with fun, engaging therapy exercises. Our daughter was immediately drawn to Sandy's warm smile, and in just three sessions, we are already seeing no sucking and hair regrowth! We will continue with Sandy and cannot thank her team enough for providing us some guidance and support. I would highly recommend Sandy's therapy to any parent or child with a thumb sucking or hair pulling habit. You are not alone, and Sandy and her team are here to help!"


"Words alone will not express the gratitude I have for the work Sandy did with me.

My breathing, snoring, and sleep problems were solved in such a short time.

It is obvious that she is a highly trained teacher as well. The exercises were fun, simple and I was amazed at how well they worked.

Better yet, my tests continue to show that the results were locked in. What a deal! It was a delight working with her, it only took a short time, with lasting results. I couldn’t ask for more."

Many thanks,

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