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Parent Blog

Tongue tie or Ankyloglossia is a condition that occurs at birth that restricts the tongue's range of motion with an unusually short and tight band of tissue that connects the tip of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.

 

Symptoms

  • Stuck out tongue appears to be heart-shaped or notched
  • Difficulty sticking out the tongue past lower front teeth
  • Trouble lifting the tongue or moving it from side to side

 

Complications

  • Affects a baby’s oral development
  • Trouble swallowing, eating, or speaking
  • Problems breastfeeding
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gingivitis

 

The exact cause of tongue tie is unknown but occurs when the lingual frenulum remains attached to the bottom of the tongue instead of separating before birth. Tongue tie can affect anyone but boys may have a higher risk than girls and can be passed genetically.

Pediatrics Plus offers a variety of therapy services to help your child’s developmental journey. Contact Us for more information.

 

Resources for this article include the Mayo Clinic.