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The correct position of the tongue and how it affects health

At first glance, this sounds strange, because how can the position of such a small organ as the tongue affect our entire body?

Do not self-medicate! In our articles, we collect the latest scientific data and opinions of authoritative experts in the field of health. But remember: only a doctor can diagnose and prescribe treatment.

It may seem surprising, but our tongue has a right and wrong position, which affects not only the health of our oral cavity, but also the health of other parts of the body. Here’s how it works.

How does the position of the tongue affect the health of the body

Incorrect position of the tongue can lead to:

  • poor posture
  • sleep apnea
  • vision
  • problems with the temporomandibular joint
  • tooth damage
  • neck pain
  • facial shape distortion
  • problems with articulation
  • bad bite

The following language provisions are considered incorrect:

the tongue is pressed against the teeth
the tongue is not on the top of the mouth, but at the bottom and its tip is very low

Incorrect position of the tongue in the mouth

Try to put your tongue in the wrong position, and you will most likely notice a shift in the jaw, neck and head. Another incorrect position is pushing the tongue forward when swallowing. This is common in children.

To make your tongue take the correct position, do the following:

  1. put your tongue on the palate
  2. , its tip should touch the upper palate right behind the teeth, but not the teeth
  3. themselves relax, but tighten your lips
  4. the teeth should be slightly open

The correct position of the tongue in the mouth

When the tongue is in this position, it does not exert any pressure on the teeth, and the bite does not change. That’s why this position of the tongue is more beneficial for the body. To train it, pay attention to it constantly for several days — over time you will develop a habit.


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