What can i do to stop sucking my tongue do you have any suggestion?

Q. I’ve been sucking my tongue for years now and I’m 32 years of age. I have tried stopping but it’s done subcontiously (ms) because I do it in my sleep. Sometimes, I do it when I’m really tired. I was wondering what can I do to prevent sucking my tongue. I’m going to get braces, but there is no point if I can’t stop sucking my tongue. I’ve heard about different plates/guards that can prevent me from tongue sucking. I would like to get one but unsure which one is best for me. I don’t want to get the one that I will have to wear 24hrs for a year. Do you have any suggestions???

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  1. I would definitely discuss this with your orthodontist before your braces as tongue habits can make your finished orthodontic result more likely to relapse.
    Definitely ask to have a fixed wire retainer at the end of your treatment, as regards to wearing an appliance to stop you sucking your tongue/thumb at same time as wearing braces this would be difficult
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  1. theresa huff says:

    This may sound crazy or far fetched to you. Here is my testimony. I was a tongue sucker for over 45 years. I was teased in childhood about this, lost potential boyfriends because of it. I tried but could not control this behavior. Then I became a born again Christian. Sometime later, I don’t know when, I realized I was not sucking my tongue anymore. Praise God! I know if he did it for me he will do it for you too!

  2. val smith says:

    My 9 year old boy has lost the control of his tongue ,he cant just stop sucking it either in his sleep or while playing. Have tried him on habit breaker but once the appliance is taken off he starts sucking automatically.My biggest problem is that it affects him acedemically.Any suggestion has to how to stop him from sucking his tongue?

  3. Sue B says:

    Hi,

    I am 43 year old woman and have had the same problem, with sucking my tongue during my sleep now for nearly a year.

    It strips the top layers off of my tongue and for several days my taste is somewhat dulled and i don’t get food/drink flavours fully. Until the top layers i’ve stripped off my tongue grow back. But then i’ll do it again – it’s a horrid repeating cycle.

    I have been to my Dr who doesn’t seem to know what to do, mentioning that there are no creams for it, but not actually helping.

    I visit my dentist regularly and they haven’t mentioned it or my mouth, though i thought it would be more a GP thing than dentist, so who should i go to for help – Any ideas!!

    Sue ::-)

  4. Zaza says:

    I am a 32 years old Nigerian lawyer and i have continued to suck my tongue, or rather the tongue sucks lol , it is a subconscious act. In reply to what Val Smith wrote about their fears on their 9 year-old being affected academically by his tongue sucking, I am tempted to think that the problem may derive from other factors. On the contrary, my tongue sucking has helped me academically. It takes my reasoning and concentration deeper, helps me to tackle most academic challenges effortlessly, and placed me top of my graduating university and law school classes. But it has not helped me much when it comes to taking up things generally perceived to be difficult. I’m always eager to take them up. I immigrated to United States from Nigeria in 2004, abandoned my legal practice, and have decided to delve into the medical field. I’ll be graduating next semester with a major in biology, a minor in chemistry, and an excellent GPA. I plan to apply to medical school in 2011. My tongue sucking has never been an impediment.

  5. noraa says:

    how do u stop sucking ur tongue because it is bothering my teeth and i cant stop plz help

  6. val smith says:

    Well Zaza ,you seem to be blessed, because had tried removing my boy’s guard for a whole school term and his academic result was awful,but the next term with the guard fixed he performed excellently.Am still searching for the solution t tongue sucking despiratelly.

  7. Kiera says:

    I have to same problem with sucking my tounge I stared with my lip first I’m 14 years of age and I do it more whem im sleep , bored and tired I haven’t saw anybody about it yet I want to know are there any ideas of stoping . Helppp .

  8. Kiera says:

    I have to same problem with sucking my tounge I stared with my lip first I’m 14 years of age and I do it more when im sleep,bored and tired I haven’t saw anybody about it yet I want to know are there any ideas of stoping . Helppp .

  9. Flawless says:

    Yeah, sucking the tongue is a really bad mannerism… Especially when it takes over unconciously in public… Trust me, im a victim! Ive really waited long 4 sam solution to come along… None yet! I guess i need help too!

  10. Jenny says:

    how do i stop sucking my tongue

  11. Joshua says:

    You could consider a brace?

  12. Kay says:

    I’m in need of some serious and professional help on how to stop sucking my tongue…….. ITS URGENT!!!!!!!!

  13. Gonzalo says:

    I have problem with my jaw and my bite and i use a devise to sleep. I have read and heard about the oclussal adjustment . Is thereany information you can give me on that and prices as well. thanks

  14. Owen says:

    what effects does brushing twice daily has on tongue?

  15. Blaze says:

    Little to no effect. If you are trying to clean your tongue use a tongue scraper. It is much more effective.

  16. Andrea says:

    I have been sucking my tongue for all of my 32 years and it has made my teeth protuded and unsightly. I’m considering braces but I’m unsure as to whether the problem would recur. I would love advice on a device I can wear to stop my habit

  17. Phari says:

    I’m a sixteen year old West Indian girl who sucks my tongue constantly whenever I’m bored,tired or when I’m just in my comfort zone and it has eventually jacked up my teeth, so i got braces but I’ve had them for over two years and obviously because of my tongue sucking,my teeth are taking a really long time, not to mention they’ll go back to being jacked even when i get the braces off….need a cure,if any.

  18. Zavier says:

    I am a 22 years old male with tongue thrust habit. i tend to put my tongue between my teeth all the time and i have been doing it all my life. i sometimes try to break the habit for couple of minutes but i soon find myself tongue thrusting again.i have been doing some research on the internet about it and that’s how i came accross your website. i was just wondering if there is any therapy for overcoming this unpleasant habit. kind Regards

  19. Lyndsey says:

    Hi , If you have been doing it all your life, then it is something that is perfectly normal for you and is not detrimental for your health. If you want to get a professional opinion, you can see an orthodontist who can check if your tongue thrust is affecting your anterior teeth position

  20. KiKi says:

    I have the same problem. 21 and sucking tongue? Not cute. I have been trying to stop for years! I’ve prayed numerous times. Even if I catch myself doing it, it’s hard to stop because for some reason it feels good. Now I have a overbite because of it & your teeth skiing on your lip is not cute at all for a young lady. I hear about the plates, braces, invisalign etc. My question is do these things just straighten, & keep things out the way? or does it actually STOP me from doing this unattractive habit? Perhaps I’ll contact a dentist for more info. That’s all we can do folks.

  21. Zara says:

    The way to kick the habit is to associate your tongue sucking with a negative consequence. For example, have a simple hair tie around your wrist (the one with the little metal bar) (or even an elastic band). Every time you feel you want to suck your tongue or even begin doing it subconsciously, pull the band out and let it hit you around the wrist. After a month or so, you will begin associating pain with sucking your tongue and eventually it will stop. I had been sucking my tongue for 25 years before I tried this and it works. Good Luck

  22. Godwin says:

    I am 21 yrs and I have been sucking my tongue since childhood. I have been teased by friends and especially family members on this habit. it has affected me in many ways. since i have always trying to stop and found it difficult to, i usuallly feel there is something always wrong with me. i have prayered and talked to alot of people about it. i feel it has widened my lips as well. it is very embarasing espescially when you doing before someone and you don’t even realise it. i really really really want to stop this habit.

  23. jordan says:

    i turned 11 on the 8th of jan. my parents died in a helicopter crash in 2003 when i was 2!when we left the funeral, i started sucking my tongue and cant stop!:(i also CAN’T go anywere without my “loulou”i got her the day that i was born!it is becoming a problem!WISH it would go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. jordan says:

    me again! i am very lucky, i atleast don’t do it in public!! but i can’t not suck it when im watching
    tv, a movie or reading stuff like that!i HATE it!!!

  25. Michael says:

    Wow I had no idea that there were so many others with the same problem. I’ve sucked my tongue for as long as I can remember and because of it my teeth are crooked and so is my lip. I absolutely hate that I do it and I am 29 yrs old and cant stop. Its very subconscious and I do it at all times of the day, whether im tired, sleepy or whatever. Unless my mind is concentrated on it or my mouth is engaged in activity like talkin or eating, I will eventually start sucking my tongue. I also play with my ears and have done both since birth. I always thought the tongue habit was a result of not using a pacifier as a baby because I rarely cried because I played with my ears so I comforted myself. Therefor my parents rarely pacified me, as for the ear thing I have no idea why I do that.

  26. Cheyanne says:

    Hi. Im a 22year old female and ive been producing a lot of saliva in my mouth. I also have a strange looking tongue. It has painless slits that look like cuts and I also have small bumps along the sides of my tongue. It really doesn’t look like the regular tongue and although its not painful and doesn’t give me bad breath, its unsightly so I would like to know if there’s anything I can do to reverse this. Thank u in advance for your time

  27. Glen says:

    I’m not sure what to do, except pop down to your GP and ask him to take a look, i’m sure its nothing to worry about though.

  28. Flawless says:

    Just came up with a great way of holding the urge to suck my tongue…BLOAT YOUR MOUTH WITH AIR… it allows the tongue to exist in free space… try it… it works..

  29. Michael says:

    @ Flawless Thats only half the battle, most of the time we do it it subconscious so how can we stop something if at times we are unaware that we’re even doing it?!

  30. Madyson says:

    Hi, I have a VERY small mouth which gives my face an unusual look. If I put my lips together it’s barely wider than the legth of the tip of my thumb. When I go to the dentist they can barely fit their hands in to complete any work. My chin and nose appear large. Especially my chin and my smile just doesn’t look nice. I’m really self concious about it. People often make comments like, ‘Wow your mouth is so small!’ Yeah thanks! My teeth themselves are ok but they are also very weak and have ground down over the years so they seem short. Would there be a procedure that could correct this and give me a fuller/wider mouth.

  31. Dante says:

    I guess your first option is to talk to a cosmetic surgeon to see if there is anything they can suggest, look for a local surgeon at a private hospital near you and arrange a consultation

  32. Lia says:

    I have been sucking my tongue since i was a baby and cant stop i have been in braces for 2 year and they need to come off soon, and i’m afraid that my teeth are going to go back to the same when they come off. My ortho has tried things to help, but my tongue is to aggressive. Any ideas how to help, don’t really want to suck my tongue for the rest of my life.

  33. lovableprincess brooks says:

    I have this problem with sucking my tongue every time i’m doing something ,sleeping, or i’m bored suck my tongue and i’m currently 14 yrs old and its pushing out my teeth making my lip look big
    PLEASSSSSSSSE HHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT’S VERY URGENT

  34. patrish says:

    It all started when I was a baby,I made big noise with my tongue and the nurses taught that I was going to eat a lot,but now I’m 25,I’m still worried because I don’t know how to stop sucking my tongue and it has affected my teeth.and I also feel that it affects a childs grade in school.please, I need help.

  35. Nabulobi Sarah says:

    well i have a niece i live with and she has always sucked her tongue.When she is asleep you hear her sucking, it is sometimes very loud and she says she does not know if she even does it. She says she would like to stop. how can i help her?

  36. Frank says:

    Help me please I am 13 years old and can’t stop sucking my tounge the worst part is I have since I was a baby Is there any way to quite sucking myntounge

  37. Frank says:

    Help me please I am 13 years old and can’t stop sucking my tounge the worst part is I have since I was a baby Is there any way to quite sucking myntounge

  38. Rushana says:

    I am a tongue sucker too!..its really bad and i have no control over it, i was also teased and made fun off…even bf’s teased me!…i thought i was alone, ive never met someone with the same habit, how can i stop and why do we do this>\? is there a psychological reason for this?

  39. chelsea says:

    hey my name is chelsea and i’m just 12 years old and i’ve got the same problem i suck my tongue where ever i am and is uncontrollable i’m sick and tired of sucking my tongue some give me suggestions please HELP!!!

  40. april says:

    I am 17 and I suck my tongue I have tried to stop but I can’t it is very hard. I have been dumped before and I think it is because I suck my tongue. any suggestions

  41. Samantha says:

    I have been sucking my tongue all my life, and it caused ALOT of problems in my life. I am 22 years old with 2 kids and a husband, and still suck my tongue! My jaw started sticking out when I was around 4 or 5 because of my constant tongue sucking! And because I have such a bad underbite all the boys would call me ugly and hideous. It didn’t help that I was 5’11 in jr high with red frizzy hair. One boy would follow me around school calling me “The Blaire Witch”. Luckily I was able to keep people from knowing I sucked my tongue, I trained myself to not do it in public. It was very hard though. I couldn’t wear pretty dresses or skirts because random boys I wouldn’t even know would come up to me and tell me that I’m too ugly to wear that. Some kids even mistook me as special needs because of my jaw. I only WISH it was my teeth that was effected, at least you can hide that, but my teeth, although a little crooked, are strong and white. Since I’m so tall with curly red hair, it was hard for me to dissapear. To this day, I can’t look at myself in the mirror without hating the image staring back at me. And my jaw was caused by my tongue sucking, no one else on either side of my family sucks their tongue or has an underbite. It’s really horrible that, above all of this, my older sister is a model. Literally she’s a model! She gets paid for her beauty! My husband thinks I’m beautiful, but I just can’t get over my low self esteem, and that abuse from other kids, just destroyed a potentially smart, beautiful girl! I believe I would be pretty if I didn’t have my underbite! It sucks!! (no pun intended)

  42. okwithme says:

    I have been sucking my tongue since I can remember. I’m now 24 soon to be married and I still suck my tongue. I went to the dentist recently and asked her if it had affected anything she said no. I don’t want to stop I enjoy it. It relaxes me. If it were messing up my mouth or teeth I would try to stop. I’m lending a “normal” life I have a family, work, college.

  43. sydni says:

    I am only 13 years old now going to turn 14 teen in September 2013 and i began to suck my tongue when i was in third grade and know i cant stop sucking it. I try to play or do some thing but i cant control it.

  44. Dynasty says:

    I’m really glad to see that it’s just not me anymore lol. I’m a 18 year old african american girl from GA and the only person I’ve known to suck their tongue. I’ve been doing it since I was a baby and it has really affected me. My teeth were once very straight and pretty and now their all spaced and pushed out. I’m pursuing invisilign but my dentist said braces would not help me because my jaw is the problem. I’m going to see an orthodontist in a few days for more information on it. My dentist said the surgery would be $50, 000 which is ridiculous. If you really put your mind to stopping you can. I stopped for one year when i was about 16. I started back and then stopped for about another year. I’ve started back now but I’m trying to stop. It definitely is really hard because it seems uncontrollable like a drug and I don’t feel comfortable if I’m not doing it. You may find that when you become really relaxed or comfortable you will do it automatically and feel you cant stop, my tongue even trusts harder. For example when I’m at my grandmother’s house and around her. I also do it alot when I’m in a new or stressful situation. I catch my cats doing it sometimes for some reason lol. To the moms you should really stop your kids because I really wish my mom would have stopped me when I was younger because of how it has affected my teeth and your child can become reliant on tongue sucking to comfort them.

  45. ennie says:

    Hi, i am a 32 years old Nigerian and have been sucking my tongue for as long as i can remember. My mum would flip her fingers on my mouth (very painful) while i was growing up but it never stopped me from sucking anyway. Is there any solution to this problem at all? It’s very embarrassing, especially when u don’t sleep alone in bed.

  46. Theresa says:

    As I said before I was a tongue sucker from birth to 45 years. I became a born again Christian. I don’t remember when or how but the tongue sucking stopped. I believe I was delivered by Jesus Christ. He did it for me and he will do it for you. Admit you are a sinner, be willing to turn from sin (repent), believe the Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead and invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.
    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

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