When it comes to treating tongue tie, a multidisciplinary approach involving dentists, lactation consultants, and speech therapists can make all the difference. 

Tongue tie, a condition where the lingual frenulum restricts the movement of the tongue, can have significant implications for breastfeeding, speech development, and overall oral health. 

By combining the expertise of various healthcare professionals, we can provide comprehensive care that addresses the needs of both infants and older patients with tongue tie.


The Role of Dentists

Dentists play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating tongue tie. 

Through a thorough examination, dentists can assess the extent of the restriction and determine the best course of action, whether it be a frenectomy procedure or alternative treatments. 

Using advanced techniques such as laser frenectomy, dentists can safely and effectively release the tight frenulum, allowing for improved tongue mobility and function.


Lactation Consultants

For infants with tongue tie, breastfeeding can be challenging due to difficulties latching and transferring milk effectively.

Lactation consultants are trained to support breastfeeding mothers and infants, offering guidance and assistance to overcome breastfeeding obstacles. 

By collaborating with dentists, lactation consultants can help identify tongue tie early on and provide pre- and post-frenectomy support to ensure successful breastfeeding outcomes.


Speech Therapists

Tongue tie can also impact speech development in children and adults. Speech therapists play a vital role in assessing and addressing speech issues related to tongue tie. Through targeted exercises and therapy, speech therapists can help improve articulation, swallowing, and overall oral motor skills in patients with tongue tie. By working closely with dentists and lactation consultants, speech therapists can develop individualized treatment plans that address each patient’s unique needs.

The Benefits of Collaboration

Collaboration between dentists, lactation consultants, and speech therapists offers numerous benefits for patients with tongue tie. 

By combining their expertise and resources, healthcare professionals can provide holistic care that addresses the physical, emotional, and functional aspects of tongue tie, addressing the unique needs of each patient. 

This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive treatment tailored to their specific needs, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.

Through early identification, intervention, and ongoing support, we can help patients with tongue tie achieve improved oral health, breastfeeding success, and speech development. 

If you suspect your child may have tongue tie, give us a call on (954) 505-7378!