What happens if you don’t fix tongue-tie?
Some of the problems that can occur when tongue tie is left untreated include the following: Oral health problems: These can occur in older children who still have tongue tie. This condition makes it harder to keep teeth clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
Should I get my baby tongue-tie snipped?
Medical experts don’t routinely ‘snip’ a tongue-tie, but the procedure is often recommended to improve breastfeeding.
At what age can tongue-tie be corrected?
Tongue-tie can improve on its own by the age of two or three years. Severe cases of tongue-tie can be treated by cutting the tissue under the tongue (the frenum). This is called a frenectomy.
What age is best for tongue-tie surgery?
Frenuloplasty is the release of the tissue (lingual frenulum) that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth and closure of the wound with stitches. It is the preferred surgery for tongue-tie in a child older than 1 year of age.
Does tongue-tie procedure hurt baby?
Tongue-tie division is done by doctors, nurses or midwives. In very young babies (those who are only a few months old), it is usually done without anaesthetic (painkilling medicine), or with a local anaesthetic that numbs the tongue. The procedure does not seem to hurt babies.
Should you fix a tongue-tie?
Treatment for tongue-tie is controversial. Some doctors and lactation consultants recommend correcting it right away — even before a newborn is discharged from the hospital. Others prefer to take a wait-and-see approach.
Does tongue-tie cause speech delay?
Tongue-tie will not affect a child’s ability to learn speech and will not cause speech delay, but it may cause issues with articulation, or the way the words are pronounced.