Consequences of Untreated Tongue Tie

By:

Dr. Brynn Leroux, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

A Handout to be used in your practice without changes unless approved by Dr. Leroux

A Handout to be used in your practice without changes unless approved by Dr. Leroux

FOR INFANTS/MOTHERS
✓ Impact on milk supply
✓ Severe pain with latch or inability to latch
✓ Failure of baby to thrive
✓ Sleep deprivation
✓ Nipple pain, damage, bleeding or blanching ✓ Mastitis, nipple thrash, blocked ducts
✓ Difficulty sucking a bottle or pacifier
✓ Reflux, colic, gas, bloating
✓ Termination of breastfeeding
✓ Problems with introducing solids
✓ Poor bonding between baby and mother
✓ Depression or a sense of failure
FOR CHILDREN
✓ Inability to chew age appropriate solid foods
✓ Gagging, choking or vomiting foods
✓ Persisting food fads
✓ Difficulties with dental hygiene and increased dental problems ✓ Persistence of dribbling and drooling
✓ Delayed development of speech ✓ Deterioration in speech
✓ Behavior problems
✓ Sleep disordered breathing
✓ Loss of self confidence because they feel and sound "different” ✓ Strong incorrect habits of compensation being acquired
FOR ADULTS
✓ Inability to open the mouth widely affects speech and eating habits ✓ Difficulty talking even after moderate amounts of alcohol
✓ Clicking jaws/Pain in jaw
✓ Migraines and tension headaches
✓ Protrusion of lower jaws, inferior prognathism
✓ Multiple negative effects in work situations
✓ Negative effects in social situations, dining out, kissing, relationships
✓ Poor dental health, inflamed gums and increased need for fillings and extractions ✓ Sensitivity about personal appearance
✓ Emotional factors resulting in rising levels of stress, anxiety and depression
✓ Sleep disordered breathing
✓ Difficulty keeping a denture in place
ORAL HYGIENE AND DENTAL HEALTH, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
✓ Poor swallowing and a risk of anterior open bite
✓ Mouth breathing and a propensity to allergies
✓ Open mouthed posture associated with an imbalance in skeletal structure ✓ Restricted dental arch development and facial development
✓ Recurrent orthodontic issues
By Brynn Leroux, DDS

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