Understanding Lip & Tongue-tie and Its Impact on Your Child’s Health

At Kids 1st Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in addressing the often-overlooked issue of Lip and Tongue-ties, crucial for your child’s oral health and overall development. A frenum, or frenulum, is a tissue attachment found in the mouth, connecting areas like the tongue, lip, or cheek. When excessively tight, thick, or short, a frenum can lead to what’s known as frenulum pull, contributing to gum recession and gaps between teeth.

Particularly in infants, a tight frenulum (lip or tongue-tie) can significantly restrict movement and function. This condition, if not treated, can interfere with essential activities like breastfeeding, and later on, may affect speech, cause tooth decay, lead to upper airway challenges, and impact facial growth.

Our expert, Dr. Carolina, skillfully performs frenectomies, a precise surgical procedure that gently removes the problematic frenum. This quick and minimally discomforting treatment, usually completed in under fifteen minutes, can have lasting positive effects on your child’s oral and overall health.

To explore how a frenectomy could benefit your child, or to address any concerns you might have, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Kids 1st Pediatric Dentistry. Our goal is to provide your child with the best possible start to a healthy, happy life.