tongue & lip release results

 

One of the most important things to understand when your child has a tongue and/or lip-tie released is that improvement is a TEAM EFFORT. The release of the frenum is just one piece of the puzzle. Your child will need some time to figure out what to do with the new mobility of their tongue and lip so support from other professionals like lactation consultants, speech therapists and myofunctional therapists is key to the success of the treatment.

 

The tongue is a muscle and it becomes used to working in a certain way just like any other muscle in the body. When tongue function is restricted by a tongue-tie, the body adapts. Once the tie is released, it takes time for the brain to figure out how to use the tongue effectively.

 

For nursing infants, many mothers notice a difference immediately. However, it us also normal to not notice much difference in nursing right after. Sometimes there may be a little regression in sucking (things get worse instead of better) for a day or two as your child’s brain tries to sort out how to use their tongue now that the restriction is gone. Some babies may need chiropractic care, physical therapy, or occupational therapy to address other issues such as torticollis (tight neck muscles) that can affect nursing.

 

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texas dental associaiton logo and link american dental association logo and link american assocation of pediatric dentistry logo and link 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