What is a Tongue-Tie??

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Being “tongue-tied” is not just a saying.  It is a medical condition formally known as Ankyloglossia. So what does it mean to be tongue-tied? We all have a thin piece of tissue under our tongue (called a lingual frenulum) that anchors it to the floor of the mouth but which also allows our tongue to move with enough freedom for us to eat and speak. When a person has a tongue-tie, this tissue is either too short or too tight to allow for the full movement necessary to perform these necessary functions of the tongue. The tongue-tie is frequently first noticed when a baby is having trouble nursing. However, many tongue-ties are not caught during infancy. Issues then can continue for these children when they begin eating solid food and do not have the tongue mobility to move food onto the teeth for chewing. The tongue is also a key factor in how we pronounce many sounds, and with limited movement, a person with a tongue-tie may not be able to correctly pronounce some sounds. These are just a few of the problems I see with patients who have a tongue tie. Do you have questions or want to schedule an appointment? Call Integrated Therapies at (602) 763-0915. The good news is that there are treatments for tongue-ties!