Tongue tie or ankyloglossia is a condition at birth that restricts the movement of the tongue. With tongue-tie, an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. A person who has tongue-tie might have difficulty sticking out his or her tongue. Tongue-tie can also affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows, as well as interfere with breastfeeding.
Signs and symptoms Include:
You should consult a doctor if:
Tongue tie happens when the band of tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth does not separate before birth. There may be a genetic cause to this, but doctors are still unsure as to why it happens in most cases. Tongue tie is more common in boys than in girls.
Tongue tie can affect an infant’s oral development if left untreated. It also affects the way the child eats, speaks, and swallows.
Un-treated tongue tie may lead to:
If you believe your baby’s tongue is tied, it is important to consult a lactation consultant, pediatrician, dentist or doctor right away. Some tongue tie cases are not severe, but only a doctor can help you determine the best method of treatment.
Contact Dr. Soordhar at Oasis Dental (905-876-2747) if you would like further information on how the tongue tie can be released so your infant’s can latch and breast feed properly.