Involuntary tongue clicking is typically identifiable beyond the age of seven. Prior to the age of seven, children naturally keep their teeth separated as they swallow. The separation of the teeth can place the tongue in the center of the mouth and cause a clicking sound, as they swallow. As a child passes seven years old, they should organically begin to keep their teeth closed as they swallow. Persistent tongue clicking can prohibit full growth of oro-facial muscles.
Lift your head, so you are looking straight -- not up or down. Bring your back teeth together during your swallow. Keep both upper and lower teeth flush against one another -- without applying undue pressure, which results in inadvertent grinding.
Touch your tongue to the crown of your mouth while swallowing. Maintain the touch throughout the entire swallowing processing, to prevent your tongue from moving; and thus clicking.
Close your mouth and smile as you swallow. Maintain the smile as you complete the swallow. Smiling engages many different facial muscles and keeps them engaged, to help prevent tongue thrusting and clicking.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult a myofunctional therapist -- if problems persist -- to develop more sophisticated treatments and monitor your progress.
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