Talk to your dentist about options for tongue-tie
Depending on the severity of your baby’s case of tongue-tie, the symptoms could vary. Some babies exhibit no symptoms at all, while others will present with a tongue seemingly fused to the bottoms of their mouths. The good news is that, no matter the severity of the case, there is hope and help available. If your baby has tongue-tie, there’s no need to panic or feel overwhelmed by what ifs. Complications need only be handled one at a time.
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) happens when the string of tissue under your baby’s tongue (frenulum), which attaches her tongue to the floor of her mouth, is too short. If your baby has tongue-tie, her tongue can’t move freely, and this can cause problems. (Baby Center)
In the beginning, feeding concerns take precedence. Babies with severe cases of tongue-tie could have significant problems feeding, since their tongues do not allow them to latch on properly. Infants with tongue-tie are often underweight. As young babies age, tongue-tie has been connected to speech impediments as well. Severe tongue-tie has also been known to affect the structure of the face.
Regarding treatment, parents are faced with an array of options, all based on the severity of the case. If a tongue-tied infant is able to feed freely, often no action is required. If an infant’s eating is restricted, however, or if a child has developed a significant speech problem because of tongue-tie, surgery performed by an appropriate health care professional may be advised.
Here at Bienemen Dentistry, we care about the total oral health of our patients and their entire families. If you have questions about this issue or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you.