Table of contents:
- Exercises for "loose tongue"
- Exercise 1
- Exercise 2
- Exercise 3
- Exercise 4
- Exercise 5
- "Loose tongue" has a cure?
- Treatment for "loose tongue"
The correct position of the tongue inside the mouth is important to ensure correct diction, but it also influences the posture of the jaw, head and, consequently, the body. When it is too "loose", the tongue can end up pushing the teeth out, causing the front teeth to move away.
The correct position of the tongue during rest, that is, when the person is not talking or eating, should be with its tip in contact with the roof of the mouth, just behind the front teeth. This position is considered "correct" and ideal at all stages of life, but often the tongue seems flaccid and very loose inside the mouth and in this case, whenever the person remembers, they should be aware and place the tongue positioned that way..
To strengthen the tongue and position it correctly, you can also resort to some exercises, which can be recommended by a speech therapist.
Exercises for "loose tongue"
Some examples of exercises that help position the tongue correctly inside the mouth are:
Place the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth, just behind the incisor teeth and take off, using some force. It's like you're sucking the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Repeat 20 times, 3 times a day.
Sucking a candy by placing it between the tip of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Suck the bullet against the roof of your mouth, without ever biting or putting the bullet between your teeth.
You can keep your mouth slightly open to create more resistance, increasing the benefits of this exercise. Repeat daily, preferring sugar-free candy so as not to harm your teeth.
Put a sip of water in your mouth and then keep your mouth slightly open and swallow, placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
With your mouth slightly open and keeping your tongue still inside your mouth, you should move your tongue in the following directions:
- Side to side;
- Up and down;
- In and out of the mouth;
- Drag the tip of the tongue across the roof of the mouth (from the teeth towards the throat).
Repeat each of these exercises 5 times daily.
Place the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth and open and close the mouth, always keeping the tongue in that position, without putting too much pressure on the roof of the mouth.
"Loose tongue" has a cure?
Yes, it is possible to cure "loose tongue", with a treatment guided by the speech therapist, with daily exercises, which should be carried out in a period of approximately 3 months.The results are progressive and the best position of the tongue can be noticed after about 1 month, which can give enough motivation to continue with the exercises.
The practice of oral exercises can be started from a baby, where the correct stimuli are given for each phase. From the age of 5, the child can become more collaborative, respecting the therapist's commands, facilitating treatment, but there is no right age to start treatment, and it should be started as soon as the need is perceived.
Treatment for "loose tongue"
In addition to the exercises mentioned above, others can be performed inside the speech therapist's office, with small devices that promote more resistance and better results. But food also influences the tone and positioning of the tongue, and that is why it is important to eat foods that require more chewing, such as dry or hard foods, such as bread without butter, meat and apple, for example, it is also a good daily exercise for those who needs to strengthen and position the tongue properly.
A "loose tongue" can still be a feature of a condition such as Down syndrome, but it can also affect children without any type of syndrome, due to factors such as not having been breastfed or eating too much liquid or pasty, which requires little chewing. In these cases it may seem that the tongue is larger than the mouth, because it does not have the correct tone or is well positioned.