Tongue-tie and dental health

Tongue-tie and dental health

Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is too short or tight, causing difficulty with certain tongue movements.

 This can affect a person's dental health in several ways.

People with tongue-tie may have difficulty moving their tongue freely and may struggle to clean all parts of their mouth effectively, which can lead to a build-up of bacteria and food debris and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

Tongue-tie may also affect the way the teeth and jaw align, leading to malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) and other dental problems.

If you think you or a loved one may have tongue-tie and are experiencing dental health issues, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a dentist or speech-language pathologist, for a proper evaluation and treatment recommendations. 

In some cases, tongue-tie can be treated with a simple surgical procedure called a frenotomy, which involves snipping the lingual frenulum to release the tongue. 

This may help improve tongue mobility and make it easier to clean the mouth effectively. 

It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

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