How do I manage ankyloglossia on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) can have a significant impact on your child's life, but there are ways to manage the disorder. It is important to follow a doctor's advice regarding treatment, such as surgery. Surgery may not be performed immediately -- or you may choose to wait for your child to have surgery to see if the tissue recedes naturally. In the meantime, you may need to make adjustments for your child during breastfeeding as it may be difficult. Speech difficulties will develop if ankyloglossia is not treated, so adapting to that will be important.
Shari Green
Dental Hygiene
In ankyloglossia, tongue mobility concerns may lead to difficulty with proper food chewing, swallowing, and gathering. Monitoring children with ankyloglossia to avoid foods they may struggle to comfortably chew or gather, and insuring their food is properly cut up may be prudent. Insuring a child has access to ample liquids at mealtime is understandable as well. But one may ask, if a condition is so potentially impactful that it needs "monitoring", even when the condition has the potential to be corrected in many sufferers at the advice of medical and dental professionals, why does it often continue? That leaves us at the expected conclusion. Many parents who have a child struggling with speech, swallowing, chewing, or social issues as a result of ankyloglossia do have the option to "manage" this condition with more proactive means that are best discussed with their pediatricians and dentists. 

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