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What You Need to Know for Children Who Struggle with Tongue Tie

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Office
What You Need to Know for Children Who Struggle with Tongue TieBeing tongue tied is not just a figure of speech. Having tongue tie is a condition with a physical cause, and legitimately concerning outcomes. Babies who have a tongue tie may have a difficult time nursing properly, and may end up swallowing excess amounts of air when they try to feed. Of course, the condition can also affect your child's ability to speak properly and the alignment of his or her teeth. On top of all this, tongue tie can promote tooth decay because the tongue will be unable to adequately remove food that may be stuck in the teeth.

What Causes Tongue Tie?

Tongue tie is usually caused by a frenulum which is improperly formed. If you did not know, the frenulum is the small piece of flesh that attaches the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the jaw. Normally, the frenulum is loose enough to allow the tongue to move about, but in around 2% of the population, it is too short and results in tongue tie.

What Can You Do if Your Child Has Tongue Tie?

As with many conditions, the severity of tongue tie will vary from child to child, depending on a number of factors. As such, treatment will vary, as well. In some cases, the best thing to do is nothing at all, as the condition will eventually resolve itself.

In other cases, we can make a small incision along the frenulum, freeing the tongue and allowing it more mobility. We generally only do this after making sure that our patients are aware of all the alternatives. We want you to feel like you have a say in determining the treatment that is best for your child.
If you have any questions about tongue tie and your child, please feel free to call us. We are here to help your child grow up with a healthy mouth.

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