If you have had difficulty or pain while breastfeeding, you may want to make sure your baby doesn’t have a condition called.
Tongue-tie happens when there’s a strip of tissue connecting the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. Tongue-tie can make it difficult for infants to breastfeed and interfere with their ability to eat and speak later on.
Fortunately, Dr. Katherine Bandos is able to perform a procedure called a frenectomy to free the tongue. Call today to request an appointment with our tongue-tie dentist in Kalamazoo, MI.
Symptoms of Tongue-Tie
If you notice any tongue-tie symptoms in your infant, schedule an appointment with our family dentist. Dr. Bandos has experience performing the tongue-tie procedure so your baby’s oral development will proceed unhindered. If you’re unsure how to tell if your baby is tongue-tied, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bandos. She’ll be able to examine your child to determine whether a frenectomy is needed.
Symptoms of infant tongue-tie include:
- Tongue has limited range of motion
- Tongue looks heart-shaped, especially when infant sticks out tongue
- Infant can’t move tongue past bottom front teeth
- Baby has trouble breastfeeding
- Baby is not gaining weight as they should
- Mother has nipple pain while breastfeeding
Health Benefits of a Frenectomy
Ais a safe procedure that can be performed at any age. Once the lingual frenulum has been cut, your child will be able to speak, eat, and swallow properly. Treating tongue-tie at a young age will ensure that they are able to speak properly. Certain sounds are difficult to pronounce when the tongue doesn’t have full range of motion, such as “t,” “th,” and “z.”
Another benefit of scheduling the tongue-tie procedure for your child is that they will be able to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. A tongue-tie makes it difficult to brush teeth, increasing your child’s risk of cavities and gum disease. Over time, a tongue-tie can also affect your child’s oral development so a gap forms between the two bottom front teeth.
Dr. Bandos is a frenectomy dentist in Kalamazoo, MI who is dedicated to helping your child maintain good oral health. To request an appointment with our tongue-tie dentist, call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700.