Innovative Myofunctional Therapy of Maryland
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.