9 Common Mewing Problems (and How to Fix Them)

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There are a variety of issues that can come up when trying to train yourself to adopt proper tongue posture, also known as mewing. Although mewing may even be uncomfortable at first, the body luckily has the capacity to adapt and change over time. Mewing will only get easier the more you do it.

However, since there’s been so many questions about various mewing problems, I wanted to cover each of them in detail.

It Hurts When I Mew

Don’t panic! You are probably applying too much force to the roof of your mouth with your tongue. If you are just starting and find the pressure on the roof of your mouth hurting you, then consider not being so forceful.

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Over time, your palate will expand and any discomfort you feel now should subside. It is expected that you should feel some discomfort when you start (because it’s something new), but mewing should not be painful.

Mewing Gives Me a Headache

Just like before, if mewing is giving you a headache, it’s probably because you’re pressing too hard with your tongue. Remember that mewing isn’t about forcing your tongue against the palate as hard as you can — it’s about maintaining proper oral posture over a long period of time.

If you’re positive that you want to practice hard mewing, which is where you purposefully force the tongue up against the palate, there’s not a lot you can do about headaches. All I can suggest is that you continue practicing and hope the headaches subside with time.

My Tongue Gets Tired

Most people who start mewing for the first time feel their tongues get tired. Oftentimes, they are unable to maintain a proper tongue posture throughout the day. However, this is only temporary. The tongue, like any other muscle, will eventually get used to the proper posture technique in time. It gets stronger the more you mew. You are, in effect, training your tongue muscle as well as your mind.

Although you may find your tongue get tired initially from mewing, this is only temporary. It will only get easier as mewing begins to feel more and more natural. As mewing becomes muscle memory, your will notice your tongue get more resilient.

My Tongue Can’t Fit on the Roof of My Mouth

Your tongue is supposed to fit snugly between your molars on the roof of your mouth. However, some people have complained of their palates being too small. This is a common problem which emerges from having incorrect oral posture for too many years, especially during childhood: the palate ends up being much smaller than normal.

If you happen to be unable to fit your tongue on the roof of your mouth, you likely have a smaller palate than normal. It is likely a consequence of eating too many soft foods or mouth breathing in many cases. However, there’s good news: this can luckily be corrected with mewing.

One of the benefits of mewing is that it expands the palate as your tongue applies pressure every time you swallow. Over time, your palate will expand to a normal width, as it should be.

Make sure you are mewing correctly and, over time, you will begin to see your palate expand. Eventually, your entire tongue will fit on the roof of your mouth. It may take a few months for you to see noticeable results.

I Can’t Mew and Sleep

It is impossible expect to be able to maintain proper tongue posture while sleeping initially. Your body needs to first consider mewing like muscle memory for this to be possible.

It may be frustrating because this is not something you can control. Tongue posture when sleeping is just plain muscle memory. However, in time you will find that once mewing becomes unconscious, then this will no longer be an issue.

Once you begin to notice that you are waking up with your tongue on the roof of your mouth, then you know you have internalized mewing correctly.

My Teeth Are Grinding

The reason your teeth are grinding while mewing is because your jaw is too weak and cannot keep your teeth apart. The imbalance in your muscles of mastication is responsible for your teeth grinding.

By applying force to the palate by mewing, your tongue and the rest of your jaw muscles will gain strength. Mewing will greatly diminish teeth grinding if done correctly.

My Teeth Can’t Touch Each Other When My Mouth Is Relaxed

Again, if your teeth are grinding are too far apart where they don’t touch, there is an imbalance with your muscles of mastication. Your tongue, in this case, is stronger than your jaw which leaves your mouth naturally agape.

Eat harder foods and consider chewing mastic gum, along with proper oral posture, to correct this issue.

I Can’t Lift My Tongue That High

You are likely suffering from something called tongue tie. This means that the bottom of your tongue is too attached to the floor of our mouth. In extreme cases of tongue tie, the tongue cannot even be moved at all.

Just because you cannot get your tongue on your palate does not mean you have tongue tie, however. Tongue tie is when you physically cannot, in any way, move your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Discomfort is not tongue tie (just keep mewing and this discomfort will go away).

If you suspect you actually have tongue tie, a simple oral surgery can correct this problem. Speak to your dentist.

Mewing Is Making My Face Worse

Because mewing applies force to the palate, it cannot move your mandible (lower jaw) forward as much. Many have complained that mewing actually made their overbites worse.Thus, if you suffer from an overbite, it would be smart to correct it through a night-time retainer and mewing instead of just mewing.

Incorrectly mewing can also lead to issues. For example, if the tongue is not fully applied to the roof of your mouth, then the force of the tongue is applied inconsistently. You must keep your mouth in balance which means paying close attention to make sure you’re mewing correctly. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t need to monitor your tongue as much.

Do you have other mewing problems or issues? Have you experienced discomfort while mewing? Let me know about your own experiences mewing in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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  1. I’ve been mewing about a week.
    already some development i saw and it’s a good thing.
    but i’ve noticed today that whenever i try my tongue on the palate,
    the sides of my tongue hit my canine teeth,causing pain and small cuts.
    anyone else have this happening to them?

    i’d appreciate it if you could me an answer:)

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      I’ve faced that exact issue before: my tongue getting caught in between my teeth. The most simple solution I came up with was to hold my tongue further back against the palate, so it doesn’t interfere with my teeth.

      Another suggestion is to close your teeth first (with your tongue lying at the bottom of your mouth), and only then find a proper tongue position. That way you can be sure your tongue won’t get caught in your teeth. This may take some getting used to.

      Hope that helps!

  2. I’ve been meaning about 3 days, and it hurts my ear and the back of my jaw under my ear, is it normal for the beginners? Because it really painful every time I move my jaw. Did I mewing too hard?

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      Hi Yulians, thanks for your comment. It’s hard for me to know exactly what the problem is, but you might be right about mewing too hard. I suggest you try mewing with a little less force — read my article on hard mewing for more information. Let me know how that works out for you!

      1. My left side is more developed. My left jaw muscle is quite a bit bigger and my tongue touches my upper right teeth a lot more than the left when I mew. What do I do?

  3. I started mewing like 4 days ago and I don’t actually know if im doing it right or not. When I’m mewing my back neck starts to hurt a little bit idk if that’s a normal.
    Please help!

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      Hi Gabriel, I haven’t come across that problem before. I wonder if it could have something to do with your upper body posture while mewing. If you’re trying to sit/stand straighter than usual while mewing, perhaps you are training weak neck muscles at the same time — hence the strain you are feeling. As always, if the pain is too much, don’t continue!

  4. Thanks for your reply Thomas, I was doing some research since my last comment and find out that maybe I was doing the “hard mewing” and that’s why my back neck was hurting. Do you recommend this hard mewing or just put the tongue with no pressure against the palate?

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  5. I started mewing almost a month and until now I cant lift my posterior third of my tongue on my palate, how can I fix this problem of mine? Is this problem can make any sort of imbalances in my face? or is it can make the situation worst?please help me and hope you answered it.

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  6. Hi,

    I’ve been trying to learn correct tongue posture since last year when there wasn’t much information on it, so I have been practicing incorrectly (only putting the tip of my tongue onto the roof of my mouth). Now that I’m trying to do it the right way, I’m finding that the back of my lower law is aching a lot. It feels like the muscles are straining and it’s very uncomfortable. I’m wondering if it’s normal to feel soreness and aches

  7. Hi Gabriel!
    I’ve been mewing on & off for the last few days & I noticed a pressure start under the left side of my jaw. Mildly painful when I press on it. Is that normal & if so, how can I fix it. I’m not entirely sure I’m doing it right, so any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you 🙂

  8. My lower jaw shifted backward and one side of my face including jaw underdeveloped tha the other side can mewing makes my face symmetrical

  9. When I started mewing it was impossible to breathe through my nose even though my entire life I only would breathe through my nose. I think your airway is narrow and your tongue is blocking it preventing you to breathe. The solution that worked for me personally is to practice engaging the root of the tongue “back” and holding it there for as long as possible. Practice the chin tuck to exercise and help apply the root. Try to apply the root as much as possible to the point where you can barely breathe and hold for as long as possible. Depending on how often practiced you can breathe freely in a couple of weeks or a month everyone’s results are different. Or your tongue is too far back so bring it up and forward.

  10. Hello! I started mewing about two months ago and I’m noticing my lower jaw moving forward, so much so that my bite isn’t properly aligned anymore with my top teeth. (I can align them but it hurts my jaw/jaw muscles). I’m not even hard mewing..should I start to put a little pressure on the front of my tongue/front tip/roof of mouth to help my upper teeth move forward? I’d appreciate any and all help since this is kinda freaking me out a bit haha

  11. This mewing thing got me obssessed with my tongue posture, wish i hav’nt started. I feel uncomfortable and can’t remember how I used to be normally, how to chew and swallow, it bothers my speech. Trying to stop

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