When breastfeeding doesn’t go smoothly, there are many possible causes; and tongue-tie is one of them. “Ankyloglossia” is the medical name for tongue-tie, and it’s a condition present at birth. The frenulum, which is the tissue connecting the bottom of the mouth to the tongue, is the cause. If the frenulum is short, thick, tight, or attached near the tip of the tongue, the tongue’s movement is hindered. A baby must make certain use of the tongue to latch onto the breast during feeding, but ankyloglossia disrupts that ability.
Learn below some symptoms of tongue-tie, negative effects of the condition on the mother, and benefits of a frenectomy, in which the frenulum is removed during a laser treatment.
Not all physicians treat tongue-tie as a serious issue that can affect the quality of life, though there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Due to this dismissal of ankyloglossia, some doctors won’t attribute breastfeeding problems to tongue-tie. It is sometimes up to a mother to identify symptoms for herself.
How Tongue-Tie Impacts Babies
The effects tongue-tie has on babies differs from one child to another, though some are somewhat universal signs that a frenectomy may be of benefit.
The following are or may be signs that a baby has tongue-tie:
Babies aren’t the only ones who struggle due to tongue-tie. The following are some effects the condition has on breastfeeding moms:
Removing a baby’s frenulum can provide significant immediate and future benefits. It’s the least painful and invasive for newborns and small infants to have a frenectomy, as opposed to anytime later in life. As a child grows, the less speedy the recovery from a frenectomy might be. Without the procedure, a baby with breastfeeding problems can grow to be a child who struggles with swallowing, eating, and speech.
Gep TOTs Dental Group at Woodbridge Kids Dentistry in Vaughan, Ontario, specializes in dental laser treatments during which tongue-tie is painlessly and quickly corrected. For problems with tongue-tie, contact the kid-friendly specialists at Gep TOTs Dental Group by calling (647) 492-7059 today.