tongue-thrust swallow

tongue-thrust swallow

an immature form of swallowing in which the tongue is projected forward instead of retracted during the act of swallowing. It may result in forward displacement of the maxilla with consequent malocclusion of the teeth.
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A tongue-thrust swallow, one where the tongue pushes the teeth in order to force the food towards the throat, may be the result of habit, an abnormally large tongue or a congested airway.
As stated earlier, a tongue-thrust swallow results in the tongue pressing against the lingual surfaces of the teeth rather than against the palate.