3 3 this week we're finding out more about tongue ties.
I know when i was a first-time mom in the hospital...it was shortly after giving birth to my daughter i was told she may have a tongue tie...turns out she didn't, but i still wasn't really aware of what a tongue tie was.
Pediatric dentist dr. anita gouri explains how this could affect your child in the short and long term.?nat?
Gouri: "lift up the tongue and then you see that little string."vodr. anita gouri is a board certified pediatric dentist and specializes in detecting and treating tongue ties.
Dr. anita gouri, pediatric dentist: "everybody has a little string underneath their tongue that connects it to the floor of their mouths.
A tongue tie is when that string is too short or too anterior, almost at the tip of the tongue and it should be way in the back."vo she explains..if a tongue tie is not corrected...it can possibly cause quite a few issues for a child.
Dr. gouri: "that can prevent proper movement and elevation of the tongue which can restrict things like breastfeeding or even bottle feeding, speech and proper breathing."
Vothe procedure to correct a tongue- tie isn't as invasive as you may think.dr. gouri: "they used to have to put you to sleep or just clip with scissors in the hospital.
Now, i have a laser actually that does the procedure for you and you don't have to put the baby to sleep and you don't have to do any kind of special suturing or wound care because the laser cauterizes as it goes."voand she says there's minimal to no bleeding.
But dr. gouri explains she received extra training to learn more about tongue-ties.
Sometimes it can be hard to detect..which is why she recommends seeking out a trained provider.dr. gouri: "this is a tongue-tie, but you don't see any obvious string.
This baby was actually told there's no tongue-tie, but they were brought to me because the mom had continuous problems breastfeeding.
She did not have problems breastfeeding her older child so she knew something was wrong.
I got in there and lifted up the tongue and boom this string popped out."voshe says when it comes to your baby...there are a few signs that may indicate your child has a tongue tie.
Dr. gouri: "if the tongue can not elevate towards the pallette it can not make a seal around the nipple whether it's a real nipple or a bottle.
They'll swallow a lot of air, they won't be able to latch properly, they'll have a lot of spitting up and gas and colic and reflux sometimes."vo and as for toddlers with tongue ties...dr. gouri: "a lot of my tongue-tied older patients like toddlers have problems pronouncing whatever sound requires the front or the middle of the tongue to elevate such as r, th, ch, tuh, luh and different things."
If your child does have a tongue tie--dr. gouri says it should be treated as soon as possible.she says there are some people who have tongue ties and function without any issues..but she still recommends getting a functional assessment.
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