Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that affects many children. It occurs when the frenulum, the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short or thick, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. This can lead to various problems, from breastfeeding difficulties in infants to speech and dental issues in older children.

Tongue and lip tie are often overlooked and misdiagnosed by many healthcare providers.  Whether it’s eating, sleeping, or speaking that improves, a tongue or lip tie release can make a positive difference in your child’s life.

In this blog post, we will discuss the impact of tongue tie on children and the importance of early treatment to improve the child’s life. 

What are the issues Tongue Tie can cause on children?

Speech and language development difficulties

Tongue tie can have a significant impact on a child’s speech and language development. Children with tongue tie may struggle with articulating certain sounds, such as “l,” “r,” and “th,” which can affect their ability to communicate effectively. This can lead to frustration and difficulty in social situations, such as in school or with peers. Early intervention through tongue tie treatment can help prevent these issues from arising.

Dental problems

Children with lip tie may have an increased risk of having a series of dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Addressing lip tie early on helps to prevent these issues from developing

Choking and gagging

Children with tongue tie may be more likely to choke or gag while eating, especially on solid foods. This is because they may not be able to move food around their mouth and swallow properly.

Behavioral and emotional concerns

Tongue tie can also have behavioral and emotional consequences for children. The frustration and difficulty in communication and social situations can lead to anxiety and self-esteem issues. Addressing tongue tie through treatment can help alleviate these concerns, allowing children to feel more confident in their interactions with others.

Taking Action: Why you should schedule an appointment at Tongue Tie Institute today

At Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry’s Tongue Tie Institute, Dr. Vanessa will perform a full assessment of related issues to diagnose the tongue and/or lip tie. The release of the tie (frenectomy) is a procedure completed with a laser in our office. 

This laser prevents the need for a deep incision and can work effectively at promoting better mobility within the area. You will be given aftercare instructions to ensure that the area heals properly.

If you suspect that your child may have tongue tie, it’s essential to seek professional help from a qualified dentist or healthcare provider. Early intervention is key to preventing long-term consequences and ensuring that your child can thrive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our treatment options.