I Think I Have a Tongue Tie – Now What?

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What is a Tongue Tie?

A tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion. This occurs when the lingual frenum (typically a tight, short band of tissue) tethers the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. 


Complications of a Tongue Tie:

  • Difficulty with breast-feeding
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Restricted growth and development of the jaws
  • A high, narrow palate which narrows airway space and constricts the nasal cavity
  • Teeth crowding
  • Articulation disorders, typically seen with incorrect production of the following sounds (r, l, s, z, sh, ch, j, t, d, th)
  • Messy eating and/or pouching of food 
  • Picky eating
  • Mouth breathing
  • Headaches and muscle tension
  • TMJ issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Swallowing problems
  • Complications with social aspects such as licking an ice cream cone and kissing 


Treatment for Tongue Tie: 

The best course of action regarding how to treat a tongue tie depends on not only on what the restriction looks like, but also what symptoms a person is experiencing.  It is important to be seen by a doctor that specializes in tongue ties in order to be advised on the best course of action. When needed, a tongue tie release (known as a frenectomy or frenuloplasty) can be performed in order to release the tongue.  This is a rather minor procedure that can have major results!


With warmth and gratitude,

The Fox Team



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