The tongue during development is attached to the floor of the mouth. Naturally this attachment reduces. If this does not occur the tongue remains at least partially attached to the floor of the mouth causing restriction and reduced ability to function. This attachment is called a lingual frenum and is considered tied (Ankyloglossia) if function is reduced.
A tongue or lip restriction may be related to problems from birth through to adulthood. Some problems include:
- Speech impediments
- Dental problems including decay, crowding and gum disease
- Postural issues
- Medical problems including indigestion/reflux, snoring, sleep apnea and SIDS
- Breast-feeding difficulties
To know if you or an infant is tongue tied can be difficult due to the wide variation in signs and symptoms. For this reason we recommend examination by a trained professional in this field.
Here at Changing Faces we use a team approach to treat a tongue and/or lip tie and get the most benefit for you and your child. We often work with a lactation consultant, a cranial sacral body worker (cranial osteopath or chiropractor), a speech therapist or a myofunctional therapist along with your treating dentist.