Tip of the Month: Identifying Lip and Tongue Ties in Your Children

Disclosure: This post is in part of a partnership with Children's Dental Center.

lip and tongue ties

Did you know that lip and tongue ties are fairly common physical impairments that affect the mouth? A lip tie is when the upper lip cannot curl or move normally and a tongue tie (also known as ankyloglossia) limits the use and movement of the tongue. There are several symptoms that parents can look for that may be caused by a lip and/or tongue tie:

  • Nursing difficulties (Note that Mom may experience pain while nursing.)
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Speech difficulties and/or speech delay
  • Slow and/or very picky eating
  • Restless sleep
  • Dental issues
  • Attention and hyperactivity issues as a result of poor sleep quality

In order to make a proper diagnosis for your child, the symptoms and functional issues are more important than the actual appearance of a lip or tongue tie. Luckily the experts at the Children’s Dental Center can help! After a consultation, Dr. Michelle, Dr. Rebecca or Dr. Donny and their professional team within the office can perform a frenectomy to release a lip or tongue tie. A frenectomy is a simple procedure that will correct the irregular frenum and provide the child or adult with the ability to move their lips and/or tongue in a healthy and proper functioning manner.

Have questions or concerns about your child? Contact Dr. Michelle, Dr. Rebecca and Dr. Donny at Children’s Dental Center for a FREE Consultation! Can you also visit their website and give the office a call at (317) 842-8453 to schedule your consultation.

Children’s Dental Center is excited to help your children build healthy dental habits in a safe, fun environment. They understand that you want the best for your children, which is why they strive to provide top-notch care that will form a foundation for lifelong dental health. The office is located minutes from I-69 and easily accessible by residents of Central Indiana, including the areas of Fishers, Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Carmel.