Before we can offer effective treatment for lip and tongue-tie, we need to be able to accurately diagnose the issue. Most patients are diagnosed and treated for lip and tongue-tie as infants or young children, so it’s very important for you to take your child to their regular dental appointments as early as one year old. Please give us a call at 615-771-2151 to schedule an examination and consultation if any of the following symptoms apply to your child.

Common Symptoms for Babies

  • Poor weight gain
  • Colic/excessive fussiness
  • Reflux/excessive spit up
  • Prolonged and/or frequent feedings
  • Early termination of breastfeeding
  • Failure to thrive
  • Poor bonding between baby and mother
  • Sleep deprivation and poor sleep patterns
  • Problems with introducing solid foods
  • Aversion to tummy time or certain resting positions
  • Clicking or other noises when breastfeeding

Common Symptoms for Nursing Mothers

  • Pain with breastfeeding
  • Nipple damage or distortion of the nipples
  • Mastitis, nipple thrush, or blocked ducts
  • Insufficient milk supply or oversupply
  • Sleep deprivation caused by the baby feeding frequently and for long periods
  • Depression or a sense of failure

Common Symptoms for Older Children

  • Inability to thoroughly chew solid foods
  • Gagging, choking, and vomiting foods
  • Finicky about foods
  • Difficulty with oral hygiene
  • Delayed speech development and speech impediment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Need for early dental intervention/frequent cavities
  • Diminished self-confidence due to feeling and sounding “different”

Common Symptoms for Adults

  • Inability to chew hard foods like steak or apples
  • Speech impediment that is not improved through speech therapy
  • Concentration and effort needed to speak clearly and unclear speech when fatigued or hurried
  • Frequent choking while eating
  • Difficulty with oral hygiene due to blocked access by lip or cheek that is too close to teeth
  • Struggle with frequent tooth decay or gum disease
  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • Persistent neck and shoulder pain
  • TMJ disorder

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