A tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a congenital condition in which the band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short, tight, or thick, limiting the movement of the tongue. This can cause various difficulties, especially in infants with breastfeeding, but also in children and adults with speech and oral function.
Reasons why someone should consider a tongue tie release include:
Improved breastfeeding: For infants with a tongue tie, breastfeeding can be a challenge, as the restricted tongue movement can make it difficult for the baby to latch on and properly suckle. This can lead to discomfort for both the mother and the baby, as well as reduced milk supply and weight gain. A tongue tie release can help improve the infant’s ability to latch on and suckle, making breastfeeding a more enjoyable experience for both mother and baby.
Clearer speech: Children and adults with a tongue tie may experience speech impediments, such as a lisp, as the tongue is unable to move freely to form certain sounds. A tongue tie release can improve the movement of the tongue, leading to clearer speech.
Reduced oral discomfort or pain: For individuals with a tongue tie, the restricted tongue movement can lead to discomfort or pain while eating or speaking. A tongue tie release can reduce this discomfort and improve oral function.
Improved oral function: In addition to reducing discomfort, a tongue tie release can improve oral function for eating and speaking, allowing for a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
Improved dental hygiene: A tongue tie can also make it difficult to keep the tongue and teeth clean, which can lead to dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. A tongue tie release can improve dental hygiene by allowing the tongue to move more freely and clean more effectively.
It’s important to note that a tongue tie release is a surgical procedure, and it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with a healthcare professional before making a decision. The extent of improvement will vary depending on the severity of the tongue tie and individual healing process, but for many people, a tongue tie release can significantly improve their quality of life.