Tongue Tie

 

We specialize in the before and after care for lip and tongue ties. When the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth, it is difficult to maintain the ideal tongue “resting posture” with lips closed at the tongue pressed up against the roof of the mouth. This can lead to a high, narrow palate that can affect facial development and the stabilization necessary for speech clarity. Tongue tie can also affect the processes of eating and swallowing. When the tongue is restricted, any of the following may result:  messy eating, dental caries/tooth decay due to not being able to clean food from teeth, fatigue from chewing, inefficient chewing, bites that are too big, difficulty accumulating the bolus on the tongue in order to swallow, a tongue thrust swallowing pattern, malocclusion, difficulty licking ice cream cones, difficulty swallowing pills, and drooling due to poor management of saliva.  Digestive problems may also develop due to poorly chewed foods (Boshart, 2015). Symptoms of Tongue Tie in Children

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Teeth gapping
  • Teeth movement/turning/crowding even after braces
  • Not being able to clean teeth properly with tongue
  • Speech-Articulation Issues
  • Slow movement of tongue while speaking
  • Resonance issues
  • Food and texture aversions
  • Holding food in mouth instead of chewing
  • Affected smile
  • Jaw or TMJ issues
  • Facial tension
  • Throat/Neck pain while talking, eating, or chewing
  • Migraines

We provide pre- and post-frenectomy (tongue tie release) care in coordination with your surgical provider

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