Tongue-ties exist in 3-5% of newborns. Tongue-ties limit a baby’s ability to latch correctly which can cause painful irritation of a mother’s nipples and limit her milk supply. This often disrupts nursing goals and leads to alternative feeding methods.
Our doctors work with local pediatricians and lactation consultants to properly utilize the ATLFF (Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function developed by Dr Hazelbaker) tongue-tie diagnostic tool to determine if referral for a frenectomy is recommended. Our in house lactation team also works with mothers to maintain their milk supply by observing a baby’s latch and creating a plan.
Sometimes frenectomy can be avoided through the use of cranial work, where in others frenectomies are critical to a rapid improvement in a baby’s ability to latch and nurse independently without aids in a way that is pain free for the mother.
In addition to childhood speech problems, we find that some adults with uncorrected tongue-ties, TMJ and teeth grinding problems cause excessive tightness in their necks, heads and upper thoracic regions. Correcting this with a frenectomy and cranial work, even in adulthood, can release much of this tension and greatly improve their quality of life.