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Where do you rest your tongue?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 2:22 AM

I am sure a lot of you have heard about the Buteyko breathing method. There is a proper way to rest your tongue and to swallow properly. Apparently children who grow up doing it the wrong way, develop narrow palates and eventually need braces.

When you are relaxed, where is your tongue situated? Is it on your bottom palate or against the upper palate(roof of mouth)?

Also, are you a mouth breather or nose breather? Have you had braces in your life?

If any of you are curious, the proper place to rest your tongue is against your upper palate. Say the letter "n" and that's where the tip of your tongue should be(two thirds of your tongue should be up against the upper palate).

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on February 12, 2013
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If any of you have young children who are still in their growing years and they have crowded teeth, you can give this a try. Here is a site with some information http://www.buteykochildren.com/mouth_breathing_and_facial_development.php

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on February 12, 2013
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Years later when they were teenagers, they went back to see him and he realized only one sister had proper tongue posture and swallowed properly because it was evident that her dental arch had corrected itself and her face developed properly. The other sister, not so much.

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on February 12, 2013
at 11:12 PM

I should have mentioned that in my post, I realize that the wide dental arches are from maternal nutrition, but Dr. Buteyko found children with already wide arches, and straight teeth to start getting crowded teeth after they start breathing through their mouth our don't rest their tongue properly to maintain the arches. He also has picture evidence like Dr. Price. He did work on siblings also. There was one instance where he counselled two sisters from when they were children and advised them both to place their tongue and swallow properly.

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on February 12, 2013
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I can't imagine not resting my tongue not on the roof of my mouth.

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:25 AM

I used to have braces years back and a retainer. It was stage 1, and I was supposed to get more but didn't. I remember my dentist telling me I have an overbite because of the placement of my tongue. That's why I had a weird poky thing on the back of my two front teeth to stop my tongue from hitting there. I've never really thought if it was such a big deal for me to have a bit of an overbite, but eh. I'm pretty sure I still have that habit and still have an overbite. I do breath through my nose though.

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on February 12, 2013
at 02:28 AM

I hadn't heard of that breathing method specifically, but I am VERY aware of the effect that habits, including tongue position, can have on oral health and the mouth as a whole. (Dental industry here.) My tongue does stay at the top of my mouth, almost like suction keeps it there. Feels weird to try and push it down!

I am a nose breather. I currently have braces! Not because of narrow palate or anything. As a kid / young teen, my parents had several of my teeth extracted because they didn't want to pay for root canals or other treatment. As a result, many of my back teeth tilted, some almost to a forty-five degree angle. I started with braces as an adult in the hopes of realigning those teeth and preparing the spaces for future implants. If it hadn't been for those hasty extractions wtithout space maintainers or other restorations as a kid, I would never have needed orthodontia.

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on February 13, 2013
at 05:17 AM

Tip of my tongues against upper teeth. Old yoga thing. Naturally rests there now.

http://radiantyogi.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/yoga-for-your-tongue/

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:41 PM

My tongue doesn't rest properly at all. It barely fits in my mouth since my arches are so narrow. I have horribly crowded teeth with an overbite and should have gotten orthodontics when I was a kid. My parents couldn't afford them. I'm currently pregnant, and have temporarily switched to the Weston A. Price diet for pregnant women (minus the grains) to try and prevent my child from needing braces too.

The first ultrasound we had DID show that our baby has very wide, high cheekbones! I know that we can't rely on that to make predictions, but I'm still hopeful.

I do tend to think that it's not tongue placement causing narrow arches/overbites, but narrow arches causing poor tongue placement.

Or maybe I'm WAPF brainwashed, but I really don't think any modern children are nutritionally getting what they need to support healthy jaw/arch growth.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 12, 2013
at 11:16 PM

If any of you have young children who are still in their growing years and they have crowded teeth, you can give this a try. Here is a site with some information http://www.buteykochildren.com/mouth_breathing_and_facial_development.php

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 12, 2013
at 11:14 PM

Years later when they were teenagers, they went back to see him and he realized only one sister had proper tongue posture and swallowed properly because it was evident that her dental arch had corrected itself and her face developed properly. The other sister, not so much.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 12, 2013
at 11:12 PM

I should have mentioned that in my post, I realize that the wide dental arches are from maternal nutrition, but Dr. Buteyko found children with already wide arches, and straight teeth to start getting crowded teeth after they start breathing through their mouth our don't rest their tongue properly to maintain the arches. He also has picture evidence like Dr. Price. He did work on siblings also. There was one instance where he counselled two sisters from when they were children and advised them both to place their tongue and swallow properly.

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on February 12, 2013
at 09:58 AM

Tongue placement (in the position you stated) impacts your posture in relation to removing tension in the neck, shoulders and face. Really worthwhile practising this resting position to be the default placement. I learnt it from my personal trainer and also from taijiquan. You can also find the tongue position by drinking and swallowing.

"The tongue placement that taught you is one most important part of the body to stabilize the head, do you know the head weighs about 8% of total body and every inch you head migrates forwards , the head weight doubles? if tongue is not place in correct position you overload muscles that pull you head forward causing stress in cervical spine, supra and infra hyoids muscles are overlooked to so many called health practitioner, Physio, osteopaths, therapist and off course most of PTs." - Diego Core. http://www.diegocore.com

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