Atypical swallowing

Effects of the atypical swallowing

A fairly common problem that we should not neglect in children is atypical swallowing, since the consequences can affect the child's future teething and even the way they breathe.

What is atypical swallowing?

It is an inability to swallow by placing the tongue in a position that does not cause or worsen dental and oral malocclusions. This problem that occurs during childhood can affect the development of teeth, speech and even the aesthetics of the little one.

Causes of atypical swallowing

The main causes of this problem are usually related to:

  • Thumb sucking in babies.
  • Excessive use of the bottle and pacifier.
  • Malformation in the bones of the jaws.
  • Feeding with crushed food beyond a certain age.
  • Complication to move the tongue normally.
  • Short lingual frenulum.
  • Mouth breathing.

Symptoms of atypical swallowing

The main symptoms to notice if our child has an atypical swallowing are the following:

  • Symmetrical anterior open bite and protrusion in the teeth.
  • Diastemas, characterized by the excessive separation between each of the teeth.
  • The loss in the tone of the upper lip which causes a decay of this and, therefore, an abnormal sealing of the lips.
  • Inadequate pronunciation of the phonemes /d/,/t/,/l/,/n/,/r/.

How do we treat atypical swallowing at Logopeda Barcelona?

From Logopeda Barcelona, ​​a logopedic intervention will be carried out that consists of teaching the child the correct mechanics of swallowing with lingual exercises and the rest of the muscles involved in chewing so that they stop exerting pressure on the teeth, as well as re-education of phonemes. altered.