If you’re a new mother, you may be concerned about tongue ties in your child. A tongue tie is an abnormally thick band of tissue which attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. It can restrict proper movement of the tongue in your infant.
Tongue ties can interfere with your child’s ability to latch onto your breast and feed properly. Later in life, tongue ties can also result in speech impediments, difficulty eating some kinds of solid food, and a number of other issues. If you have questions or concerns about tongue ties as a nursing mother, this quick FAQ from the Willow Pediatric Dentistry is sure to help.
Maybe. Tongue ties do usually result in difficulty latching and nursing properly. However, they are not the only cause of latching issues. Your child may have a tongue tie if they are having difficulties nursing, and they are exhibiting symptoms like:
Latching problems can also be caused by a cleft lip or palate, if you have very large nipples, or if your baby was born prematurely. We recommend seeing a professional to determine the cause of your latching difficulties.
In some cases, lip ties can indicate that your child also has a tongue tie. We recommend taking your child to see a professional like Dr. Alzayat to determine the severity of their tongue and lip ties, and get the appropriate treatment.
This depends on the severity of their condition. In some cases, a frenectomy will not be required to treat minor tongue ties. Many babies have a tongue tie and have no trouble feeding. However, if your child is colicky, having difficulty gaining weight, and not latching onto your breast properly during feeding, they may need a frenectomy to feed properly.
Yes. At Willow Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Alzayat will assess the lingual frenulum and cut it precisely to release the tie. The process is very fast and minimally-invasive, and it typically only takes a few days for your child to heal from the procedure. In fact, breastfeeding can provide some relief from discomfort during the post-operative healing process.
Dr. Alzayat has years of experience working with tethered oral tissues (TOTs) like tongue ties and lip ties. If you are a new mother and are having nursing difficulties, or have questions about tongue and lip ties, we would love the opportunity to meet you and your little one.
Dr. Alzayat can examine their mouth, and help you understand the best way to resolve your child’s tongue and lip ties. So don’t wait. If you need help with tongue ties in Rancho Santa Margarita, contact us right away. You can give us a call at (949) 966-0669, or come to our office at 22032 El Paseo, Suite 215 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA for more information.