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How to keep tongue away from upper teeth ?

sir, i have a gap in my upper teeth. and my tongure always touches the upper teeth. so please tell me how to keep tongue away from upper teeth. age 22,male
Asked On : Tue, 12 Apr 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
training of proper swallowing pattern and exercises for the lips and tongue. In situations where the habit is severe, a removable appliance may be necessary to block the tongue away from the front teeth. Unfortunately, some are never corrected due to lack of parental support or lack of cooperation from the patient.
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Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm,
The gap interferes with the positioning of tongue.
The malaligned teeth has to be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
Also tongue cribs can be applied.
Always close your mouth while sleeping.
Get a thorough evaluation with an orthodontist.
Maintain good oral hygiene too.
Also massage your gums using fingers.
Get a routine dental check up too.
Retention appliances has to be inserted in case of orthodontically corrected teeth to avoid opening up of space between the teeth.
Take care.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

If your tongue touches in between the gaps in the teeth you need to close the gap.

This gaps can be treated by orthodontic corrections, composite restorations or by using porcelain,ceramic veneers and laminates.

I would suggest you to get a thorough clinical evaluation done by the Dentist, take an x-ray, look for any abnormal labial frenum attachment and decide the treatment plan.

Once your gap is filled the tongue will stay in its normal position.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

your tongue touches your teeth due to simple reason because there is existing gap in your front teeth.

here you need to see your orthodontist to achieve correction of your upper front teeth.

once this is done automatically you will see tongue remains in its position, without disturbing your front teeth.

both the factors are interrelated.

hope i have answered your query.


take care.
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Thanks for your query.
I read your problem,i would like to suggest you for the gap problem you there is following option-

1. Orthodontic treatment with braces.

For tongue problem-

1.tongue crib can be placed behind upper anterior teeth.

So i will suggest you please visit a orthodontist as soon as possible and take a proper treatment.
nothing to get worried.
Take Care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Ankit Desai's  Response
To avoid your tongue touching the gap between the front teeth, it needs to be closed.. Those gaps can be closed either with the help of braces or by cosmetic smile makeover (Porcelain/ceramic veneers and laminates) or by composite fillings...
For further details contact me on 9619920708.. MUMBAI....
Answered: Tue, 12 Apr 2011
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