Tongue-tie and lip-tie are common conditions among babies and children, and although they may not be noticeable right away, they can cause several issues later in life. At North Texas Smiles, we want you and your baby to be as healthy as possible, and our dentist, Dr. Justin Warcup is trained and experienced in identifying and treating tongue-tie and lip-tie. To learn whether your child has lip-tie or tongue-tie in Fort Worth, Texas, and to receive the trusted, effective treatment you deserve, we welcome you to call us at 817-732-9341 and schedule a visit with our dentist.

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Tongue-tie is a condition identified by having a shorter frenulum (the skin membrane that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth), or if the frenulum extends too far towards the tip of the tongue. There are varying degrees of tongue-tie, depending on how far up the tongue the frenulum attaches. Lip-tie is similar to tongue-tie, but it comes from when the frenulum connecting the lip to the gums is too short.

In many cases, a baby born with a short tongue or lip frenulum will correct the issue themselves within the first six weeks. Other times, the baby simply adjusts to having a shorter frenulum. However, if the frenulum does not correct itself as your baby’s mouth structure changes, keeping a shorter or more forward frenulum can lead to several issues if left untreated. Some of the most common issues include:

• Difficulty with breastfeeding: infants with tongue-tie can have a difficult time moving their tongue in a proper wave-like motion that promotes optimum breastfeeding. This can make it harder for your child to get the nutrients and food they need to grow properly.

• Delayed or deteriorating speech: children with a tongue-tie can find it difficult to pronounce certain words or sounds. This can slow down their timeframe of learning how to speak, or change their speech over time.

• Tooth decay and other oral problems: children with lip- or tongue-tie, or both, can be more susceptible to tooth decay due to the inability to cover and clean the teeth with the tongue or lip. This makes it easier for plaque and bacteria to stick to your child’s teeth and cause decay.

If your child has tongue-tie, lip-tie, or both, our dentist can carefully examine their unique condition and let you know whether your child’s condition is one that could benefit from a corrective treatment. There are several treatments available to correct both tongue-tie and lip-tie, so we can help you find the one that is right for your child.

For more information, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today.