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.

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Kait is a small town, Indiana girl who knew she was destined for the Big(ger) City when she grew up. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education, she found her love and passion as a second grade teacher in Indianapolis, where she has been teaching for nine years. Kait is the mom to three sweet littles, Cohen, Lola and Remy, and a teenage step-daughter. When she isn’t busy attempting to play Super Mom, she enjoys running, fashion, iced coffee and spending time with her family. Kait and her husband Kurtis reside in Westfield where they are raising their young family. You can catch up with her wild journey through motherhood on her blog, High Heels and Mommy Ordeals.


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