What is a Tongue Tie?
Tongue Tie – also known as ‘Ankyloglossia’ or ‘anchored tongue’ – is a common but often overlooked condition. It can be seen at birth and causes a wide range of difficulties that affect the sufferer in different ways. Some of these ways may not be noticed until a later age and some will be noticeable right away. Most can be noticed right away if you are knowledgeable enough to know what to look for. Diagnosis and assessment are essential before taking any remedial action.
There are different “classes” of tongue tie and posterior tongue ties can be more difficult to diagnose on your own. Here is a diagram to help:
Tongue tie often runs in families. Some relatives may only have mild effects or no apparent symptoms while others show a severe impact on structure and function. As this strong familial tendency exists, parents may also notice a similarity to other relatives with tongue tie, especially in the older child. The similarities observed may include postures of lips and tongue, habits of speech, and shapes of the nose and face.
Tongue tie sometimes occurs together with other congenital conditions which affect the structure of the mouth, such as cleft lip or palate. It can also occur together with conditions such as severe hearing loss or cerebral palsy. And research has shown it seems to be more prevalent in boys than girls.
What do practitioners look for when diagnosing?
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What are symptoms I can notice in myself if I’m tongue-tied?
How can I get assessed for a tongue tie?
An assessment is usually a pretty quick and easy appointment. If there is a tongue tie apparent and we both agree on treatment of it, a referral to a professional will be issued. Call and schedule for one now!