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
- 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