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Tongue Tie Symptoms – Bullard, TX

How to Recognize Tongue Tie

tongue tie

Tongue tie is a structural defect in the mouth wherein the lingual frenulum (the piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short or thick. The tongue’s restricted movement can lead to a number of complications in both children and adults. This page explains how you can recognize the symptoms of tongue tie in Bullard so you can seek the needed help.

Symptoms in Infants

breastfeeding baby

You may be able to recognize tongue tie shortly after birth simply by examining the child’s mouth. However, if you do not know if the frenulum is too short or thick, there are other signs you can look for that point to tongue tie. Symptoms of this condition in babies include:

  • Trouble during breastfeeding (difficulty latching, frequent feedings, milk coming out the side of the mouth, etc.)
  • Inability to use a pacifier
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Gassiness and fussiness
  • Congestion in the morning
  • Reflux and spit up
  • Poor weight gain (or weight gain that drastically slows down after 12 weeks)
  • Frequent gagging

Breastfeeding mothers may also experience some problems due to their baby’s tongue tie. For example, their nipples may be quite sore or become infected.

Symptoms in Children

snoring child

If tongue tie isn’t addressed early in life, children can continue to experience difficulty as they grow. Symptoms of tongue tie in children include:

  • Delay in speech development
  • Stuttering
  • Difficulty articulating certain words
  • Being picky about eating certain textures
  • Inability to clean teeth with the tongue
  • Congestion and sinus problems
  • An open bite and tongue thrust (placing the tongue too far forward in the mouth)
  • Sleep problems (including wetting the bed, sleep apnea, and snoring)
  • Mouth breathing

Symptoms in Adults

man covering mouth

Adults who have tongue tie may experience the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty speaking after even small amounts of alcohol
  • Repeated and ongoing dental problems, such as inflamed gums and tooth decay
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraines
  • Social consequences, such as difficulty kissing or a high level of self-consciousness when eating out
  • Inability to speak clearly when talking loudly, softly, or quickly
  • Difficulty keeping a denture in place
  • Mouth breathing
  • Protrusion of the lower jaw
  • Sleep problems, including sleep apnea
  • Tongue thrust

Where to Find Help

Do you suspect that you or someone in your family has tongue tie? Dr. Tad Morgan is a dentist in Bullard who is proud to offer treatments for this condition to patients of all ages. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you or your child experience freedom from tongue tie and attain a higher quality of life.