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Tongue Tie in Bullard

Learn the Facts about this Common Issue

Baby swaddled in mother’s arms Tongue tie is a common issue for newborns and babies, and it is what happens when the piece of skin connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too restrictive, blocking its proper range of motion while feeding. Tongue tie can cause a host of issues ranging from irritability to poor nutrition, delayed growth, and more. Fortunately, Dr. Tad Morgan can provide much-needed treatment for this common condition. Keep reading to learn what it is -- and how to recognize the symptoms of tongue tie in your baby!

Symptoms of Tongue Tie

Baby sticking tongue out Tongue tie may be detected during a newborn check while your baby is still in the hospital, or it may not become apparent until problems breastfeeding develop. Watching out for the warning signs of tongue tie can help you identify the issue sooner rather than later, ensuring that your baby receives the proper treatment right away.

Watch out for these symptoms of tongue tie:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding (bad latch)
  • Frequent, long feedings
  • Irritable baby and mother
  • Low milk supply
  • Gassy/hungry baby
  • Slow weight gain
  • Clicking sound during feeding
  • Sore nipples
  • Inflammation of the breast

As your baby gets older, you may notice tongue tie which affects their ability to stick their tongue out or which causes problems with speech.

Treatment for Tongue Tie

Happy baby smilingIf you or your baby experience any of the above symptoms of tongue tie, do not hesitate to get in touch with our office. Tongue tie division, or a frenectomy, is a procedure that loosens the restrictive tissue to allow for full range of motion. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Morgan can perform this procedure with maximum efficiency and minimal discomfort. Unlike traditional procedures which call for a scalpel and sutures, this method reduces bleeding and does not require stitches. In fact, mother and baby are encouraged to breastfeed immediately after the frenectomy has been performed. It’s a welcome reward for both parties!

Contact Us Today!

Are you and your newborn or baby dealing with the painful and exhausting effects of tongue tie? Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Morgan to seek professional help. A frenectomy is a simple and painless procedure for you and baby -- it allows for full range of motion for successful breastfeeding and development. Go ahead and contact us to book an appointment with the “dentist near me” you’re searching for today!