What is Tongue Tie?

We all have a lingual frenulum (or frenum) under our tongue. If you lift your tongue and look in the mirror, you’ll see it. The frenum is the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In some people, it’s tighter or thicker than it should be, and this can physically restrict the movement of the tongue.

A tongue tie can also be referred to as Ankyloglossia or Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT).

Tongue-tie can affect a baby/child’s oral development, as well as the way he or she eats, speaks and swallows.

Signs of tongue tie include:

  • Speech issues
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaw pain, clenching, and grinding
  • Headaches
  • Head, neck, and shoulder tension
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased risk of cavities and gum disease
  • Slower orthodontic treatment
  • A high arched palate
  • Hypersensitive gag reflex
  • Low tongue posture which may contribute to sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea
  • Picky eating
  • Poor chewing
  • Dental hygiene issues
  • Drooling
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep disturbances

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