Have you ever been told that your newborn has a lip and/or tongue-tie? In this condition, the lips and tongue are held to tight by the frenum, which is the band of tissue that attaches the upper lip to the gums and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A lip or tongue-tie can be very problematic resulting in breastfeeding being uncomfortable for the mother and the newborn having a difficult time getting enough to eat due to latching difficulties. Additionally, the tight upper lip may trap milk, resulting in constant contact of the milk to the front teeth. In children, these ties can lead to problems speaking and swallowing, as well as dental and orthodontic issues.
To learn more about lip and tongue-tie issues and treatment, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laun. Call today at 815-434-6447!
Not sure what a tongue and tie looks like? The images below show you clearly what a this condition looks like in a youth's mouth.
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You may also check out these excellent resources provide by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD):View AAPD Resources