So, where should your tongue rest – at the top, bottom, or between your teeth?
In this post, you’ll learn more about the proper tongue posture, and how you can fix bad tongue positioning in just a few seconds.
Tongue posture or tongue positioning is basically how your tongue is placed within your mouth when it’s closed – that is, at rest.
The correct tongue posture provides dental and overall health benefits. Your tongue is a super strong muscle that affects many areas of your body such as the:
The correct resting position for the tongue in the mouth has been linked to better teeth alignment. Good tongue posture might help prevent or fix issues with teeth alignment and bad bite issues.
Proper tongue positioning helps widen the palate which in turn positively affects the upper airways, especially in young children, promotes proper tongue positioning, and helps fix sleep apnea. When the tongue is not positioned properly, other issues can arise including tooth damage, mouth breathing, and bad body posture.
How do you know your tongue is resting in its correct position? You can find it out in the picture below.
Source: Alabama Tongue-tie Center
When your mouth is closed, your tongue should be resting on your mouth’s palate (the roof). Not just the tip of your tongue, but the middle and posterior sections as well. The tip of your tongue should rest behind your front teeth, but not touching.
Now, identify where your tongue is resting as you’re reading this. If it is at the bottom, or just in between your teeth,
Practicing this proper tongue position may be challenging at first, however, there are many tongue posture techniques such as mewing that you can do to train your tongue to rest properly.
When you sleep, your tongue should also rest on the roof of your mouth, tucked behind your front teeth. This can help prevent or fix sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. It will also prevent mouth breathing at night, teeth grinding, and mouth tension.
There are many risks that come with bad tongue posture including health and facial aesthetics risks.
This is a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep because the nasal airways are restricted. When your tongue rests at the bottom of the mouth instead of the roof, this can restrict your airways.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder refers to an imbalance in your jaw joints that can cause:
Over time TMJ can worsen and cause face distortion. Bad tongue posture can cause this imbalance in your TMJ joints leading to misaligned teeth or jaw.
While a weak jawline and double chin can be caused by other factors, a bad tongue posture can be a major contributing factor. When you raise your tongue to the roof of your mouth, you activate the muscle in your jawline, chin, and neck. This lifts the lower part of your face and makes it more defined.
On the other hand, a bad tongue posture causes the muscle around your face to relax, which can lead to a weak jawline and double chin.
Beneath your tongue is the beginning of a connective tissue called the fascia.
This tissue is just like a spider’s web and is responsible for giving structural support to your muscles, nerves, bones, and internal organs. This makes for a direct connection between the tongue and the body in general.
When the fascia is not as tight as it should be because of bad tongue position, it can cause
One or more of the above can contribute to bad body posture which may have other health consequences.
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Improper positioning of the tongue can shift the teeth, leading to misaligned teeth and bite issues such as
Bad tongue posture can result in teeth grinding as well. Teeth grinding leads to quicker wear and tear of your teeth.
Because of how your tongue helps your overall facial appearance, a bad tongue posture can cause:
These can alter the shape of your face, and make you more conscious of your facial appearance.
If you have a bad tongue posture that is already affecting your dental health, overall health, or facial appearance, all hope is not lost.
Fortunately, there are some proven ways to fix bad tongue positioning.
Mewing is a technique that places the tongue in its correct position which is on the roof of the mouth and tucked behind the front teeth.
Mewing can help fix issues associated with bad tongue posture and improve your facial appearance. However, it can be difficult to mew if you don’t know how, or keep forgetting to place your tongue in the right position.
Our Mewing App contains tons of proven techniques and how-to guides to help you mew effectively. It also keeps you consistent by reminding you to mew throughout the day. If you want to fix bad tongue positing naturally with less effort, you can download our mewing app to start mewing today.
Specific exercises can help train the tongue and help it rest in the correct position. You can try:
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure to treat tongue-tie or lip-tie. The procedure involves cutting the frenum — a connective tissue that joins two parts. You can find a frenum between your upper lip and your top teeth and another between your lower lip and your bottom teeth.
If a tight frenulum is limiting your tongue’s range of motion, making it difficult to achieve the correct tongue posture, a frenectomy can help create more space.
Orthodontic treatment options such as ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functionals) Appliance, palate expander, or braces can help create more room in the mouth for the tongue to rest correctly.
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Proper tongue posture can improve dental health, overall body health, and facial appearance. The correct position of the tongue, when the mouth is closed, is on the roof of the mouth, behind the front teeth, and not touching. If you have bad tongue positioning, there are different ways you can fix it. Mewing is a natural and proven way to help the tongue rest correctly. This technique can also be complemented with other treatment options like orthodontics for better results.
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