Innovative Myofunctional Therapy
                          of Maryland

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Innovative Myofunctional Therapy of Maryland

Ankyloglossia ( Tongue Tie) on an infant
Ankyloglossia ( Tongue Tie) on a young child

Ankyloglossia ( Tongue Tie)

Tongue-tie issues are the most underdiagnosed OMD's because the resulting consequences are often masked or go unnoticed. Most medical and dental professionals are taught to look solely at the physical characteristics of the lingual frenum, without noting other factors influenced by the tongue-tie.

Speech is often unaffected in tongue-tie patients, which is one reason this OMD may be considered harmless and often goes untreated. However, many other factors are influenced by a short lingual frenum, such as feeding difficulties, poor bolus manipulation during chewing and swallowing, uncontrolled salivation, and tongue-thrusting. Oral and dental hygiene is often negatively affected, as the tongue needs to reach all areas of the mouth to sweep away excess food when eating. Social issues such as licking an ice cream cone or kissing can be difficult for the patient with ankyloglossia

The therapist will gladly evaluate the  patients for tongue-tie and help you determine if a frenectomy is necessary. Once a frenectomy has been completed, it is extremely important to have the patient see us for a therapy session within 3 days to start exercising and retraining the tongue without fear of reattachment. Most patients only need one to three sessions to learn how to create new muscle patterns and begin strengthening the tongue.

Lip ties upper or lower lip :
 Inability to sustain a latch with  breast feeding,  Orthodontic problems: large gaps between from teeth, relapse after orthodontic care  Painful latch once upper front teeth erupt  Dental decay on upper front teeth when still nursing  Speech problems  Esthetic problems  If cut due to injury, may bleed extensively Potential problems as an adult  Periodontal disease  Esthetic problems with smile lines  Contributor to  poor oral hygiene