What is a tongue tie?

A tongue tie is when the thin membrane under the tongue restricts the normal movement and function of the tongue. 

It should never be diagnosed on appearance, it should be diagnosed based on function and symptoms.

It is believed to be hereditary and a result of lifestyle and diet since the agricultural revolution.

It is reported that it effects 5-10% of the population, but under reporting is suspected due to the difficulty in diagnosing and inadequate knowledge around normal tongue function. 

It is usually present (and often not diagnosed) if a lip tie is present.

Infants

* Clicking or noisy suckling during breastfeeding

* Inability to flange or maintain seal of breast

* Lip blisters

* Colic, reflux, coughing/gagging

* Poor weight gain, failure to thrive

* Snoring, loud breathing, open mouth

* Hates tummy time, or laying flat

*Torticollis, head tilt or flat head

* Cavities

* Inability to bond with mom

Moms symptoms:

* Painful breastfeeding or mastitis

* Nipple flattening/distorted shape

* Decline in milk supply

MOMS….. if you are able to breast feed, don’t give up AND don’t endure the pain (thats not normal or OK), instead- find a practitioner near you who is specialized in frenectomies. 

Children/ Teenagers

* Crowding teeth

*Needs braces or surgery

* Teeth grinding, TMJ

* Snoring, sleep apnes

* Speech issues

* Swallowing challenges or food aversions

* Cavities

* Anxiety

*ADHD or learning challenges


Take action before the long term symptoms effect your childs ability to stay focus and learn in school, contribute to poor health and delay the time they are in braces. 

Myofunctional therapy is the least invasive way to get the process started. If a tie release is needed, than the success of the surgery is increased because they learn to strengthen and use the tongue muscle before its released.  

Adults

* Crowded teeth or relapse of ortho

TMJ, headaches, teeth grinding/clenching

* G.I. issues

* Infertility

* Chronic pain

* Ringing in ears, vertigo

* Sleep apnea, Snoring, Insomnia

* Anxiety, depression, fatigue

* Chronic disease

* Cavities, gum disease, dry mouth


These symptoms are often diagnosed to many different issues/concerns/causes…. But what if it it had one root cause? 

The foundation to life is Breathing and Digestion!

And a tongue tie can greatly effect your breathing and digestion, and it is why my clients get the best results at all areas of life by addressing the mouth. 


Please do not get a tie release without my support first. 
Imagine breaking your leg, and going for a run as soon as the cast is removed! You won't have the strength because those muscles have not worked for the past 6 months, you need to walk before you run!
 Now- Imagine a tongue that has been restricted for years and has never moved correctly before. 
If you cut the tie, it will not have strength, endurance or knowledge of function to heal properly, and might makes things worse by scarring over. 
This is why tongue tie releases have not been successful in the past, and why its controversial to those medical care providers who do not yet know of, or understand myofunctional therpy.

Treatment of Tongue tie

Not all tongue ties require the “cutting” or “lasering” of the lingual frenum (aka- the tongue tie). 

Restoring function is the number 1 consideration, and may be achieved without surgery after the toddler stage through:

For babies with functional issues as listed above, I would recommend finding a provider who is experienced in tie releases. Then, while waiting for your appointment, start stretching babies lips and tongue to prepare. And most importantly, be prepared to do all the post surgery care. Check out this video so you know what to expect:  post care exercises

For children and teenagers with functional issues, I recommend starting myofunctional therapy as soon as possible. Schedule the frenectomy 6 weeks in, and have a few weeks post surgery. By releasing the tie and training proper movements and functions before the body finds ways to compensate, you help reduce the risk of pain, growth challenges, you speed up the time needed for braces, and you improve brain function.  

For adults, a tongue tie release may change your life forever! 

Eliminate chronic pain, improve digestion and improve mood, starting with myofunctional therapy to prepare you. (your tongue muscle has been held down for years, so it needs to build up strength and be taught how to move). Its a longer process for adults because we have to re-wire your brain from doing what its used to (which causes pain and problems) to teaching it a better way in order to promote good mental and emotional health.