The tissue that connects your upper lip to your upper gums and the tissue that connects your tongue to the base of the mouth is called a frenulum. The piece that connects the lip to the gums is called the labial frenulum and the connective tissue under the tongue is called the lingual frenulum. Some babies are born with a frenulum that is shorter, thicker, or stiffer than it is supposed to be. This condition is called a lip tie or a tongue tie and it can keep the upper lip or tongue from being able to move properly.
Lip ties are less common than tongue ties, though both can also happen at the same time. This is not necessarily dangerous for an infant, as long as the condition is not affecting the infant gaining weight, but it can be easily corrected once it is diagnosed.
There are a few key symptoms to look out for that can give you an indication that your child may be having a problem with a tongue or lip tie. Difficulty breastfeeding is one of the most commonly noticed indicators.
These are some of the symptoms you may notice:
A pediatric dentist can diagnose a lip or tongue tie if you suspect that your child may have one and can then advise you on what steps you can do to correct it if that is needed.
If you have questions about tongue and lip ties, or if you would like to make an appointment, contact Dr. Christie Lee at Thrive Kids Dentistry in Edmonds, WA. Call us now at (425) 329-4949 or contact us online to book your appointment.