As a parent, you want the best for your baby, and their health and development are undoubtedly at the top of your list. However, what happens when your baby’s health and development are impacted by a condition that you may not have heard of before? This is where tongue tie comes in.
At Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry’s Tongue Tie Institute, we understand that tongue tie can have a significant impact on your baby’s life, and we are here to help. In this blog post, we will explore how tongue tie affects babies and the treatment options available to them.
What is Tongue Tie?
Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the thin membrane under the tongue is too tight, restricting the movement of the tongue. This can affect a baby’s ability to feed properly, and in some cases, can lead to other health issues.
How Does Tongue Tie Affect Babies?
Tongue tie can affect babies in several ways, including:
Feeding Issues: Tongue tie can make it difficult for a baby to latch onto their mother’s breast or bottle, leading to feeding problems such as poor weight gain, colic, and reflux.
Speech Delays: Tongue tie can also affect a baby’s speech development as they grow older, making it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and words.
Dental Problems: Tongue tie can cause dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as the tongue is unable to clean the mouth properly.
Social and Emotional Impact: Babies with tongue tie may become frustrated and agitated during feedings, leading to stress and anxiety for both the baby and the parents.
How to know if my baby has Tongue Tie?
Tongue tie can present a range of symptoms in infants and children, and it’s essential for parents and caregivers to know what to look out for.
Here are some common signs that your child may have tongue tie:
- Difficulty latching or maintaining a latch during breastfeeding.
- Poor weight gain or failure to thrive.
- Gagging, choking, or coughing during feeds.
- Clicking sounds during breastfeeding.
- Excessive drooling.
- Difficulty sticking out the tongue or moving it side to side.
- Inability to clean food from the front teeth or gums.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider or dentist who can evaluate your child’s tongue and recommend appropriate treatment if necessary. A tongue tie release procedure may be recommended to improve your child’s development.
Treatment Options for Tongue Tie
At Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry’s Tongue Tie Institute, we offer several treatment options for babies with tongue tie. One of the most effective options is a laser frenectomy, which is a quick and painless procedure that involves using a laser to release the tight membrane under the tongue.
This procedure is safe and effective, and it allows the baby to resume feeding immediately after the treatment. We also provide post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal healing.
Tongue tie can have a significant impact on a baby’s health and development, but with early detection and treatment, babies can thrive and reach their full potential.If you suspect that your baby may have tongue tie, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced professionals at Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry’s Tongue Tie Institute is here to help your baby get the care they need to live a happy and healthy life.