Could my child’s teeth be affecting their speech?

Could my child’s teeth be affecting their speech?

 

 

 

Many children undergo speech therapy or are recommended to have speech therapy treatment. What many people don’t understand is that correcting one’s speech means to retrain the oral muscles such as the tongue and lips to be placed in the correct position while pronouncing certain sounds. Many parents also become frustrated with speech therapy progress because some children are not able to reach the goals set out for them. What many don’t understand is that a child’s teeth and jaws can be related to their speech. Imagine a child has a very narrow upper jaw and during speech therapy they are being told to keep their tongue to the roof of the mouth. If anatomically there is no room for the tongue to fit it will be very difficult to keep the tongue there. The muscles have to overwork. In certain cases early Orthodontic intervention can help alleviate these anatomical limitations by correcting jaw positions or the position of the teeth to ensure speech therapy is much more successful.