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. Elizabeth says:

    I am 30 years old and I have been sucking my tongue for as long as I can remember. I suck my tongue when I sleep or when I’m just very tired and sleepy. I use to suck my tongue in class when I was a child and often got made fun of because of it. I am more aware of it in public as an adult and I can catch myself and not do it in public anymore, but I have no control over it while I sleep. I am lucky it did not mess up my teeth. I always thought I was alone and the only person who ever did this or had this habit.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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..

  30. 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?!

  31. Abigail says:

    hi i have a similar problem i am wearing a upper retainer and i can’t seem to stop sucking on it when i wear it what should i do

  32. jameela hottie says:

    I have always sucked my tongue for as long as i can remember. I am now 26 years old and still can’t stop. I have worn braces between ages of 16-19 for 3 years because my tongue sucking caused an open bite (where your tongue can be pushed through your top and bottom teeth while you have your teeth clenched). I was given retainers after my braces were removed and invisiline for when i’m going out. You would think there is a mouth guard or dental plate that can be used to stop this behavior but there is none..i still do it and my teeth have reverted..i still have my retainers and i use them. it does help getting my teeth back to a decent looking state but to be honest they are annoying and painful so i avoid using them and some times i forget but when i do use them continuously its worse for me because it is actually pushing your teeth back and your not supposed to brush your teeth and eat with them on so everytime you have to take them off..omg its like trying to pull your teeth out thats not loose[painfullll]. I have tried all forms of guards and gadgets from my ortodontist(and i’m from NY so you know its probably some of the best old and modern techniques that was tried)..they made devices to keep my tongue back and it just looked like a cage in the back of my braces that made me talk funny..and worst of all my tongue always found a way to get around them to the sweet spot( all tongue suckers know the sweet spot). I have had enough of this and I’m afraid of this constant rocking of my teeth back and forth suck my tongue: push it out….put on my retainers: push them back in…im afraid that in the long run it can cause my teeth to become loosend so I am currently looking into something that i heard works for all types of habits INCLUDING OURS….HYPNOSIS PEOPLE im currently looking into this form of help so that it wont happen in my sleep or when im focusing or daydreaming…hopefully this will help me….AND I hope this iformation was helpfull to all my tongue suckers!!!!!!!!! good luck on your journey!

  33. Nol says:

    I’m 21 this year and like many of you I have been sucking my tounge my whole life. I don’t know why. It just feels good. I do it when I’m sleepy, sleping, working, bored and just generally subconsciously. My front teeth and lip are skew. It Is nice to know that I’m not the only one with this problem. I want to stop but when ever I’m tired or just distracted I do it

  34. Raven says:

    Honestly, aside from causing an overbite (or potential jaw displacement…which granted is something to consider) I don’t find anything wrong with sucking my tongue. But I still try and keep my behavior to myself and will try and do it lightly in public so people do not notice. I am 28 years old, and currently have a 3.8 average in college so I would not consider it to be an issue for my studies, either. We aren’t putting our hands to our mouths and sucking our fingers, so the germ scare isn’t there. I have always had this habit, and I usually cannot control it as well when I am tired. I literally have to suck my tongue and twirl/play with my hair to go to sleep at night. If I try not to, I toss and turn until I finally give in and then I can finally sleep fully. While I don’t think this is an addiction that is life or relationship threatening, it can be seriously damaging to the ego/psyche…particularly if we are being teased over it. But I wouldn’t say that it has ever caused me to hurt, lie, cheat, steal…I’ve never lost a job over it and I certainly haven’t gone down any other crazy path of addiction. I was really excited to find a group of people that actually have this habit…my family had me convinced I was ‘special’ (and not in a good way). Thanks for being open and honest when this addiction is so easy to conceal!

  35. April says:

    Wow Im almost 14 and I’ve got braces because I’ve had this ‘sucking reflex’ my whole life my mum and dad and orthodontist and dentist always are on my case but they don’t understand I do it all the time especially when I’m tired and annoyed and bored and things like other people. I really want to stop to get my teeth straight and to stop looking like an idiot it really annoys me when people bring or up. I honestly thought I was the only one. I’ve been trying so hard to stop so I took it to the Internet and it was going on about mums being worried about their 4 month year olds having it so I really started to feel like a freak. I feel a bit better now that I have read these but IT HAS TO STOP.

  36. hadiza says:

    my daugther is 6 years old and she suck her tongue as if her life depend on it. pls what can i do to stop her

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. Shannaqua says:

    Hi, I have the same problem but I’m 14 year old and I’ve spoken to my dentist and she recommend I get a tongue crib.You can look it up and try it out.

  40. Lateefah says:

    I am 16, got admitd in lee university nd 2 tal 4 ma age.i av bin suckin eva since i knw aw 2 talk nd i cnt stop it bcos it is subconsious.

  41. julius says:

    i have been sucking all my life,i’ve been embaraced alot of time by pple telling me to stop sucking,…but i tink itz God dat makes us to suck,coz i dont tink itz a sickness,itz just a hatbit,but the question is,y are my still sucking….i hate it..,but i cant just stop it…bcoz ryt now im even sucking…..{crying}

  42. anjola says:

    I have a 5 year old sister who has been sucking her tounge since the day she was born I have tried many ways to stop her, but its too hard and she doesn’t listen to me!! I have warned her about the consequences of sucking your tounge but she doesn’t seem to undertsand and she just carries on!! Please help me, I don’t want my sister to end up having braces for a long time but right noiw she’s going the right way about it!!!!!! H.E.L.P!!!!! :(

  43. claire says:

    wow! i had no idea soooo many people were fighting this battle. Im 21 and i noticed this habit when I was about 8years old. Since then it has been a serious war. I noticed i suck my tongue when im trying to read,draw or do anything requiring concentration and when im having trouble sleeping.I guess the suggestions of
    @ Zara and @flawless seem to be the best options here… I hope we get excellent results from these methods or even better solutions from others to the tongue-sucking war! ;)

  44. Viki says:

    Iam a 26 yearold female..i have been sucking my tunge since i was like 8 or 9…My mom does it to.I have tried to stop..but i cant..i think.piersing my tunge will help.nut i dont like pain. So ill rsther not. If anyone knows how please let us know.

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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?

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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?

  52. 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!!!

  53. 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

  54. 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)

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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

  60. mychelle says:

    I need to know how to stop my kid from sucking on her tongue she is 11 going on 12 and she can’t stop can u help?

  61. Nicky says:

    I need advise on how to stop my son sucking his tongue.

  62. Chris says:

    I really thought I’m the only one trapped in this ugly habit. I started it at the early stage of my life according to my siblings and they tried every thing to stop me before I grow with it ,but to no avail. Some times I hate my self for not stopping, yet I enjoy this so called habit especial when ever I’m sleeping .I discover that my lower lip is bigger than how i was created to look.(in fact i have a big lips which I don’t like and I’m pretty sure it resulted from this ) now I’m in my early thirty’s still struggling to stop it. Please I need to stop it ASAP

  63. Karliom Kate says:

    I have been sucking my tongue since childhood and i am 20 now. it is so shameful because i rub my dress while sucking. i have tried so many times to stay without doing it but i still find myself in it.I wonder how my boyfriend will behave if he notices it. PLEASE I WANT TO STOP THIS. I NEED HELP!

  64. Stacie says:

    I’m 34 and suck my tongue and play with my ears since I was a baby, I’ve tried so many times I think it’s started it effect my teeth. When my ears get cold I can’t leave them alone them my tongue starts. I just wondered if people suck different with reading the different effects people have had. I’ve trained myself to suck soft but I suck so much it really effects my everyday life and I’m worried my bf really thinks wot is he doing with a mong … X

  65. bri says:

    Hi I’m 18 and I’m really trying to get this problem fix. I’m already a Christian! I herd someone say something about a plate to make you stop. Who do I go to to get it? How much will it coast? How long will it take for my tongues layers to grow back and be normal? I can’t stop Jon my on I have been doing it and not ever realize that I’m doing it. I’m ashame when I talk to people and they ask me to stick out my tongue. Please help I’m trying to get this right as soon as possible. I want a change.

  66. syndi says:

    hi, im 14 years old and i have been sucking my tongue for 13 years and my parents been yelling and fussing at me to stop and i couldn’t. It has been taking over my speech and my singing and i need to know how to stop. Can you please HELP???!!

  67. grace says:

    am 20 year old law student. i have the same problem like most of of the people hear…i rilly hate it so much…pliz help mi…

  68. Savannah says:

    It kind of makes me sad to see so many people hate sucking their tongue so much. I’m 24, been doing it since I was a baby. I guess it’s a habit I don’t mind, and actually enjoy, because I can control it in public. I can understand wanting to stop if it’s uncontrollable. It’s my comfort though, what puts me to sleep, so I have no problem with it. I did have to have braces for several years because of my underbite, but my brother did as well, and he never sucked his tongue. Mine was considerably worse though. I ended up having surgery to reposition my top jaw. That was 8 years ago, and my teeth and my bite are still where they should be. I wish I had some advice to help others have more control over it =/ But it’s honestly nice to know I’m not the only person out there who sucks my tongue.

  69. Mille says:

    I am in my 30′s and have been sucking my tongue all my life, since I was a baby. This caused my teeth to have an anterior open bite and also lead to speech problem. I wore the metal cage retainer for a few years as a child. Along with the retainer I went to speech therapy.This helped me a lot to be able to have more control over the placement of my tongue. In speech therapy , we would practice the normal placement of my tongue. How do a normal people mouths look when it is open and when it is closed. How a tongue is supposed to lay (it should lie flat on the bottom of the mouth and stop before it touches your teeth. If you lift your tongue ,do you feel the lump under your tongue. The tip of your tongue is supposed to touch the lump and go no further. The rest of your tongue is supposed to lay flat on the bottom of your mouth without touching none of your teeth. if your tongue is not lying flat then you need to practice swallowing the rest of the tongue down your throat. so we would practice that over and over everyday. I would do tongue exercises. I practiced recognizing when I am unconsciously sucking my tongue, my triggers. This stopped me from sitting unconsciously with my tongue hanging out my mouth in public. The funny thing as a child I didn’t find sucking my tongue a problem everyone else did. My mother and teacher suggest to the speech therapist that I needed to stop sucking my tongue. I enjoyed it. It relaxes me. I had no problem with being considered different. Being a child I did not know the repercussions of my action and didn’t care. I reluctantly stopped sucking my tongue in public. I was able to control it. I still did it when I was alone, at home and when I went to sleep. I guess it’s one of my guiltily pleasures . Its not the worse addiction to have, at least its not drugs. but in this vain world we live in today. I guess ppl rather have an addiction that is not so visible. Despite what anyone think of me, I am still beautiful. My teeth may not touch all the way in front but that is no one else’s problem but my own.Thank you for reading.

  70. kristal says:

    i am 13 and i think its a bad idea to keep a child from sucking there tongue or an adult because when i suck my tongue it release stress and i get really relaxed and i have another friend that does this to and she also says the same thing. i do get teased for it but it doesn’t bother me anymore because i don’t need people like that and because i suck my tongue i sleep alot better than my twin sister that doesn’t do this.

  71. kristal says:

    and i forgot one more thing the one reason why to stop sucking your tongue is because it takes over your speech and singing

  72. Sos says:

    Hi, I’m almost 20 nw and I’ve been sucking my tongue for as long a I can remember. I do it unconsciously especially when I’m tired or sleepy. Whenever I remember i try not to but the minute I not think about it I continue sucking. It also produces alot of saliva in my mouth and I honestly don’t know if that is normal. I think I need help from a professional

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