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Debunking Four Common Myths About Lip and Tongue-Tie

October 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — rozas @ 10:00 pm
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Lip and tongue-ties are conditions that aren’t always easily understood despite their prevalence. This has led to numerous myths about them entering the mainstream, to the point where these issues are sometimes left unresolved! Continue reading below as your trusted pediatric dentist goes over a few of the most common myths about these conditions and why they simply aren’t true.

Myth #1. Lip and Tongue-Tie Correct Themselves Over Time

While lip and tongue-tie are often identified in infancy, they can persist into childhood and adulthood if left untreated. In some cases, the symptoms might even become more pronounced as the child grows, impacting speech, oral hygiene, and other aspects of oral function. And what’s worse is that contrary to popular belief, these issues typically do not improve without professional intervention.

Myth #2. These Conditions Are Rare

Lip and tongue-tie are far more common than many people realize. These conditions occur when the thin piece of skin (frenulum) that connects the lip or tongue to the gums or floor of the mouth is shorter than usual or otherwise compromised. Estimates suggest that a significant percentage of newborns have some degree of lip or tongue tie, perhaps even greater than 5% of all children.

Myth #3. Lip and Tongue-Tie Is Harmless

Some of the most impactful ways that these conditions can cause harm include their effect on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and breathing properly, which can all directly hinder overall nutrition. Other problems can include snoring, poor quality of sleep, reflux, speech problems, slowed eating, headaches, and bruxism (teeth grinding). Just one of these problems alone is worth addressing—but since they often can occur simultaneously due to lip and tongue-tie, treatment is very necessary.

Myth #4. Treatment Is Difficult

The procedures used to correct lip and tongue-tie are generally simple and quick! One of the go-to solutions, especially for infants, is a frenectomy. This involves altering the frenulum, and thanks to advancements in dental technology (including innovative laser technology), this process has been very streamlined and is now as pain-free and stress-free for infants as possible. The laser tool facilitates faster healing and improved accuracy, as well.

Dispelling myths surrounding lip and tongue-tie is perhaps the first step towards treatment! If you suspect that your child, or even you, might be affected by these conditions, don’t hesitate to speak with a professional about possible solutions.

About the Author

Dr. Melissa Rozas received her dental doctorate from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and is a proud member of several notable professional organizations, including a Fellowship within the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her practice in Coppell, TX is thrilled to offer a wide range of pediatric dental services, including laser frenectomies using the renowned Light Scalpel! If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit for your little one, feel free to reach out online or by phone for assistance! Telephone: (972) 433-7516.  

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