Tongue-tie and lip-tie (Frenectomies)
Tongue-tie can be described as a condition wherein an abnormally small frenulum (tissue tag) can restrict your oral functioning abilities. A lip tie is an unusually tight labial frenum that keeps your lip tethered to the gum line. At Floss Boss Pediatric Dentistry we offer effective evaluation and treatment for tongue-tie and lip-tie issues among children. This condition is present since birth and needs to be corrected, per the guidance of your physician or speech therapist. It is generally completed to help with the child’s speech and swallowing abilities.
What are the signs/symptoms?
Difficulties in lifting the tongue up or moving it from side to side.
Have issues sticking your tongue out past the lower front teeth.
The tongue looks notched (heart shaped) when it is stuck out.
Baby has trouble latching during breastfeeding.
Child might have trouble speaking or eating and may be referred by the feeding therapist.
Your child struggles to make an ‘O’ sound/ has trouble sucking from a straw.
They might fall asleep or make a clicking sound while nursing.
Experiencing fatigue while nursing.
What are the treatment options?
The tongue-tie and lip-tie issues are often diagnosed during your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist. The lingual and labial frenum might NOT affect the function of eating, speaking or swallowing for your child, and hence we, at Floss Boss, might suggest waiting for a few months after birth to see if that happens
Dr. Sanghavi also offers lip-tie and tongue tie treatment for children at Floss Boss Pediatric Dentistry. However, we also working with functional therapists, lactation consultants, speech therapists and pediatrcians prior to starting treatment.