In spite of astounding progress in the field of medicine, there is ongoing controversy about tongue-tie. Remarkably, the debate includes whether or not tongue-tie even exists. Some medical specialists dismiss tongue-tie as a myth. Yet, countless individuals can attest from personal experience that it is an existing condition associated with a wide range of problems. Mothers of breastfeeding babies are a considerable percentage of those who have no doubt that their child had tongue-tie that was remedied by a frenectomy. Below, learn more about tongue-tie, what causes it, symptoms of the condition, frenectomies, and more.
Ankyloglossia or tongue-tie is caused by a frenulum that restricts the tongue. The frenulum is also known as the lingual frenulum, and it is the small fold of membrane that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the frenulum is short or especially tight, tongue mobility can be adversely affected. Tongue-tie is a genetic condition that frequently runs in families.
Tongue-tie can be identified from the moment of birth, and it is usually diagnosed during a physical exam, often an exam by a dentist or orthodontist. The tongue has a part in the development of straight, healthy teeth. When diagnosing infants, physicians may use a screening tool to score different aspects of the tongue’s mobility and appearance.
Not all doctors check newborn infants for signs of tongue-tie, but certain symptoms of the condition can be detected early on. A newborn’s open mouth posture, symptoms of sleep apnea, and mouth breathing are all potential signs of tongue-tie.
Breastfeeding symptoms of tongue-tie
The following have been identified as symptoms of tongue-tie a breastfeeding child may exhibit:
Mother’s breastfeeding symptoms
Experts on tongue-tie often agree that it is best to have a frenectomy performed during the newborn stage. The procedure of snipping or removing the frenulum is very quick and virtually painless. Not only does it help with breastfeeding, but addressing tongue-tie by having a frenectomy can also prevent developmental issues, including the following:
At Woodbridge Orthodontics, an experienced team of experts at the Gep TOTs Dental Group specializes in treating tongue-tie and lip-tie. Call Gep TOTs today at (647) 492-7059, if you know or suspect that your child has tongue-tie.