Tongue-Tie


What is Tongue-Tie?

Is when the tip of the tongue has a thicker than usual lingual frenulum. This is an attachment that connects from the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the frenulum extends towards the anterior portion of the tongue, it can lead to a decrease in mobility and can cause a few issues from the individual.

Is Tongue-Tie OK? How Will It Effect An Individual?

Tongue-Tie can affect speech, eating, and oral hygiene. For the most part many individuals can live with tongue-tie just fine; however, it may prove to have some hindrance

Skygate Dental Tongue Tie

Skygate Dental Tongue Tie

from time to time.

General Points:

  • Normal Speech and Feeding can be established despite an individual having tongue-tie
  • It as been found that there is insufficient evidence to support a link between tongue tie and speech impairment or feeding difficulties

Key Findings:

  • “No research study has conclusively established a link between the presence of tongue tie and a poor outcome” – Brinkmann et al 2004

It is important to note that some instances

of tongue tie may be more severe than others. In some cases feeding babies may have issues if they have tongue-tie; however, there has been limited evidence to support tongue tie division and no specific evidence to support adverse effects against the procedure. – NHS Swindon, Division of tongue-tie policy

This is basically indicating that each case is unique in its circumstances. If there is concern of if you think you may suffer from tongue tie the first point is to schedule a consult to determine and discussion the severity and pros and cons of intervention.

Summary: -> A good summary of tongue tie points can be found from this article by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

If you wish for more information on tongue-tie please do not hesitate to contact Skygate Dental today on (07) 3114 1199 or 0406 579 197.