What Happens If I Leave My Child's Tongue Tie Untreated?

A tongue tie occurs when the child’s tongue is connected by a strip of skin that is shorter than usual. 

Some babies do not seem to be bothered or have any problems if they have a tongue tie. But, there are cases when the tongue tie can affect a child's development and needs to be remedied with the help of a frenectomy

Here's what could happen if you don't address your child's tongue tie. 

Consequences of An Untreated Tongue Tie

As we said, some children are not at all affected by their tongue ties; however, if you notice some of the following signs, then it's best to discuss with your pediatric dentist the best way to approach your baby's tongue tie. 

  • Difficulty breastfeeding if your baby has trouble latching and feeding. 
  • Because they can't latch and eat properly, they're having a harder time bonding with you. 
  • Sleep problems. 
  • You had to stop breastfeeding because it was too painful. 
  • Difficulties when introducing solid foods. 

Even you, as a mother, can feel some of the consequences of your child's tongue tie. You may experience symptoms like:

  • Pain when the baby tries to latch or loses latch 
  • Discomfort, rashes, bleeding nipples
  • Emotional distress  

You may notice the effects of a tongue tie even as your child grows and starts eating on their own: 

  • Difficulties when chewing foods that otherwise should not be an issue
  • Gagging and choking on foods
  • Vomiting 
  • Difficulties when it comes to proper oral hygiene 
  • Speech problems 
  • Speech worsening 
  • Dental problems 

These symptoms can not only affect the proper development of your child, but they can also take a toll on their confidence as they grow up. 

Treating a Tongue Tie 

It's incredibly easy to treat a tongue tie in babies. The entire procedure lasts for only a few minutes, is virtually painless, and doesn't require any stitches. Infants don't even require anesthesia as the nerve endings are not well formed, and they won't feel a thing. 

If your child is older, though, the dentist may use an anesthetic. 

Does Your Child Have a Tongue Tie in Columbia? Bring Them to Tiny Tooth Pediatric Dentistry

The sooner you correct a tongue tie, the better for your child. This way, you can prevent numerous problems that may affect their development. 

If you are looking for a kind, caring, and experienced pediatric dentist, you can find it at Tiny Tooth Pediatric Dentistry in Columbia. 

Dr. Su Kim and her team can offer a variety of dental services tailored to your child’s needs. Our services also include special health care needs.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Su Kim, reach out and schedule an appointment today. Contact us right away and tell us about your problem. We are eager to meet you and help your child! 

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