WHAT IS A TONGUE TIE?
A tongue-tie or ankyloglossia is a condition in which the frenulum that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth can be too short causing a restriction in movement and strength of the tongue.
This restriction can result in a poor latch, nipple pain and trauma, decreased milk intake and decline in milk supply over time. Difficulties may be present with bottle feeding as well.
Untreated tongue tie can lead to many problems as children develop from infancy to adulthood.
WHAT IS A LIP TIE?
A lip tie is when the maxillary or mandibular labial frenulum tissue that attaches the lip to the gums causes restriction in the movement and strength of the lips.
This restriction can prevent proper seal while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding causing the break of the latch and air to be swallowed by the baby which in consequence makes babies to be gassier or colicky and to develop symptoms of reflux.
Untreated lip ties can also lead to many problems as children develop from infancy to adulthood.
WHAT IS A BUCCAL TIE
A buccal tie is a condition when the frenulum that connects the cheek to the gums causes restriction in the function of the cheeks. This could cause speech, feeding and gum recession problems.