Many individuals know tongue-tie is a problem and needs to be fixed, but they do not know the reasons behind why it needs to be corrected. The effects of tongue-tie can lead to numerous symptoms such as concentration and attention disorders, poor sleep patterns (sleep apnea), incorrect swallowing, crooked teeth, bedwetting, chronic tiredness, and cranky behavior, snoring, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, inflamed tonsils, and adenoids, ear infections, acid reflux and many more. Tongue ties do not stretch or tear and will remain an issue when attempting to get a good, secure latch onto the mother’s breast or while feeding.
Rarely do infants have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and are often treated with adult GERD medication to alleviate the problem with little to no success or benefit. When the tongue is tethered it can not move forward enough, so when the infant is on its back, it may cause the tongue to fall backward and block the airway, leading to sleep apnea. As a result of sleep apnea, an infant’s sleep is reduced because of a lack of oxygen to the brain and rapidly developing nervous system during the first years of life. This is being studied as a cause for ADD/ADHD among other things. A child who has tongue-tie does not have the control of their muscles functions and tongue placement as that of a normal child, due to the tongue not being able to elevate correctly, which in turn causes growth issues and leads to possible speech troubles.
If you are seeing signs of these symptoms in your child, contact Kusek Dentistry to book an appointment today. To ensure your child’s overall health and wellness, be aware of tongue-tie as the symptoms and developmental problems can be avoided.