Does ankyloglossia affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, will always be present at birth if a person has the condition. If treated early with a minor surgery, called a frenotomy, side effects of ankyloglossia can be minimal or disappear completely. In older children and adults, however, the condition can have a more pronounced impact. If tongue-tie is present during the years of speech development, the person may have problems with communication. Development problems, plus the physically noticeable nature of ankyloglossia, will sometimes lead to self-esteem problems in adults.

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