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When does ankyloglossia need treatment?

Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, should be treated in infants that are having difficulty feeding. Because they have problems suckling, babies with ankyloglossia may not be able to get as much milk as they need, thereby affecting weight gain. In older children, such as toddlers, speech development issues may occur. If it becomes difficult for people outside of the family to understand their speech, these children should be evaluated for surgery as well. Finally, if appearance begins to affect an individual's self-esteem, then a minor surgical treatment, called a frenotomy, may be a good option.

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