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Adam C. Shisler, DDS, MSD      Brenden E. Taylor, DDS, MSD

Jennifer Cunningham, DDS     Rachael A. Garrett, DDS, MSD

Jennifer R. Mata, DDS     Rita M. Cammarata, DDS

 

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Defining tongue-tie
& lip-tie

 

Most of us think of tongue-tie as a situation we find ourselves in when we are too excited to speak. Actually, tongue-tie is the non-medical term for ankyloglossia, a relatively common physical condition that limits the use of the tongue. Similarly, lip-tie is a condition where the upper lip has restricted mobility and function.

 

As we develop in the womb, a tight string of tissue called a frenum, located under the tongue and lip, is supposed to recede and become thinner. It is easily visible and felt when using a mirror. Everyone has a frenum, but in some people the frenum fails to recede and is too tight, thick or short and causes mobility problems.

 

The tongue and lip are a very complex group of muscles and are important for all oral functions. For this reason, having a tongue-tie can lead to many issues with nursing, bottle feeding, dental, speech, sleep, solid feeding and so much more.

 

Issues babies face

  • Poor latch
  • Poor weight gain
  • Reflux or spitting up often
  • Clicking or smacking noises
  • Gassy or fussy often
  • Milk dribbles out of mouth
  • Baby is frustrated when eating
  • Unable to hold a pacifier
  • Prolonged nursing sessions

 

Issues mothers face

  • Painful nursing
  • Creased or flattened nipples
  • Blistered or cut nipples
  • Incomplete breast drainage
  • Plugged ducts or mastitis
  • Using a nipple shield

Common presentation of Tongue Tie

Common presentation of Lip Tie

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Rita M. Cammarata DDS,  Jennifer P. Kong DDS, Adam C. Shisler DDS MSD and Brenden E. Taylor DDS MSD are Board Certified Pediatric Dentists. ABPD
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