Drooling is a normal process during infancy and toddler stages, as tooth eruption causes increased saliva production. This excess saliva can be difficult for the baby/toddler to manage, and so it may spill out of the mouth. Past this normal stage, however, drooling can become a social and developmental problem.

Tongue thrust, which is an oral reflex associated with sucking behavor, may cause problems in swallowing, speech, oro-facial development and also drooling.

In the pubmed article, the aim was to examine the effect of Functional Chewing Training (FuCT) on tongue thrust and drooling in children with cerebral palsy. The study included 32 children with a mean age of 58·25 ± 9·58 months who had tongue thrust. Children were divided into two groups: the FuCT group and control group receiving classical oral motor exercises. Each group received training for 12 weeks. Oral motor assessment was performed. Chewing performance level was determined with the Karaduman Chewing Performance Scale. Tongue thrust severity was evaluated with the Tongue Thrust Rating Scale. The Drooling Severity and Frequency Scale was used to evaluate drooling severity and frequency. Read more of this article at Pubmed

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