Common Dental Issues // Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia)

Sudbury Dental Arts // Infant Tongue Tie

Infant Tongue Tie, what does it really mean?

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Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, is the restriction of tongue movement as a result of fusion or adherence of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.  A tongue-tie is therefore caused by a frenum that is abnormally short or attached too close to the tip of the tongue.

Normal tongue function is important for multiple reasons.  Among the many benefits, normal tongue function will allow a baby to latch adequately and breastfeed efficiently, promote normal speech development, make it possible for a child to self-cleanse the mouth during eating, allow adequate swallowing patterns, allow for proper growth and development, and it makes fun little things like eating ice cream, kissing or sticking your tongue out to catch snowflakes possible.

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RELATED TREATMENT: INFANT LASER TONGUE TIE & LIP CORRECTION

Nursing mothers who experience significant pain while nursing or whose baby has trouble latching on should have their child evaluated for tongue and lip tie.  Read more

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Challenges that can develop with infant tongue tie?

  • Inability to open mouth widely affects speech and eating habits
  • Inability to speak clearly when talking fast/loud/soft
  • Clicking jaws
  • Pain in jaws
  • Protrusion of the lower jaws, inferior prognathism
  • Effects on social situations, kissing, licking ice cream
  • Dental health- a tendency to have inflamed gums, and increased need for periodontal surgery
  • Tongue tie in the elderly often makes it difficult to keep a denture in place

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