Chicago Tongue-Tie Center Blog

The Rise in Lip & Tongue Tie Treatments in Infants

June 19, 2023

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parent learning about tongue tie issues with baby at dentist

No matter how many parenting books you read, there will always be aspects of parenthood that leave you puzzled. One such challenge could be when your child faces difficulties with latching during breastfeeding, possibly due to a lip or tongue tie. Recently, the treatment for these issues has seen a significant increase, leading many parents to question whether the condition is now more common than before. Continue reading to find out if lip and tongue ties are indeed more prevalent as well as what steps to take if your child has one.


Trouble Transitioning to Solid Foods? A Tongue Tie Could Be to Blame

May 4, 2023

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baby happily eating baby food

As your baby grows, you enjoy introducing them to new things. After they reach six months old, you started giving them more normal foods, whether bottled or home mashed, and laughed at their funny reactions. But as you get closer to their first birthday, you notice that they can’t seem to handle more solid foods, like Cheerios or baby crackers, which dissolve very quickly. Perhaps your little one even gags or throws up!

Within a few short months, your child should be off formula, if you’re bottle feeding, and rely on solid foods for nutrition, which means you need to get to the bottom of this problem soon. After a bit of research, you find out about something called a tongue tie. The information below will help you understand this issue and how resolving it can help your baby grow and develop the eating skills they need to thrive.


What to Expect While Your Child Recovers from a Frenectomy

April 2, 2023

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As a parent, you should always want what’s best for your child and their smile—and if they suffer from a condition like a tongue tie or lip tie, their pediatric dentist will likely recommend a frenectomy to address the issue. It’s natural to have concerns about any type of procedure that your little one might need, but you should know that this treatment option is nothing you or your child needs to worry about! Here’s a closer look at what this treatment involves and what you can expect while your child recovers from it.


3 Benefits of Seeing a Lactation Consultant

March 17, 2023

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nursing mom and baby working with a lactation consultant

Since you left the hospital with your newborn, you haven’t had an easy time of nursing. You seem to produce a decent amount of milk, but your infant doesn’t seem to latch on properly. It can be frustrating for both of you—and it can even leave you with sore nipples—but what can you do?

You can meet with a lactation consultant!

This trained professional can help new mothers and infants in many ways, especially if your baby ends up having a tongue tie. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of working with a lactation consultant in this specific scenario.


Frenectomy or Frenotomy: Which One Will Help with Your Baby’s Lip or Tongue-Tie?

February 16, 2023

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mom struggling to nurse because of a tongue-tie

It should be simple, right? Your baby should latch on and suck milk out of your breast, but it’s not turning out that way. Whether you’ve met with a lactation consultant or not, you learn about the possibility of a lip or tongue-tie which could be preventing you and your baby from successfully nursing.

If your baby does have a lip or tongue-tie, you’re far from being alone. Fortunately, there are minor procedures, called frenectomies and frenotomies, that can help your baby latch on properly and make the nursing experience better for both of you. In this post, you’ll learn more about lip and tongue-ties and these treatments to correct the problem.


Traditional Frenectomies vs. Laser Frenectomies

November 16, 2022

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hand holding surgical scissors showing that laser frenectomies are better

When looking for a practice to take care of a tongue-tie, there are certain criteria they should meet. For instance, check if they have a soft tissue laser. Although some practices still use the traditional method of resolving a tongue-tie, laser frenectomies are far superior!

Regardless of the type of frenectomy performed, the main goal is to sever the connective tissue that is restricting the tongue. So what makes one of these procedures so much better than the other? Essentially, they differ in how they are carried out and the results afterward. Keep reading to learn more about these methods and to learn why laser frenectomies can best help you or your child.


Should Adults Get Tongue-Tie Treatment?

October 17, 2022

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an adult with a tongue tie covering their mouth

When you think of a tongue-tie, you may associate it with a newborn baby who can’t nurse, but did you know that adults can have one too? According to some estimates, around 25 percent of infants have a restrictive tongue-tie. However, due to several reasons, some babies with tongue-ties seem to fly under the radar. Those who go undiagnosed continue to have their tongue-ties into adulthood, but can a tongue-tie really be bad for fully grown patients? Is it too late to treat a tongue-tie in an adult? Read on to find out more valuable information.


How Long Does a Frenectomy Recovery Take?

September 15, 2022

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a parent holding a laughing child while sitting on a couch

Has your little one just been diagnosed with a lip or tongue-tie and needs a frenectomy? If so, there’s no need to let your parental worry kick-in just yet. In fact, thanks to modern technology, treating this issue is more pain-free, streamlined, and simple than ever. Many children and infants are able to make a quick recovery, all while enjoying full function of their smile thanks to the successful procedure. Read on to learn more about what recovery from a frenectomy will look like for your little one.


Do Tongue-Ties Affect What Children Eat?

August 18, 2022

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an infant being fed a spoonful of food

Tongue-ties are being diagnosed and treated more frequently thanks to parents who are learning the signs to spot them on social media and from internet searches. While many people are aware that this condition can cause excessive drooling and poor weight gain, some don’t know of the more nuanced flags that a child has a tongue-tie, like what types of foods they may or may not gravitate towards eating. Read on to learn how a tongue-tie may be affecting what foods your little one eats.


What is Recovery Like After a Frenectomy?

July 19, 2022

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woman with happy baby

Does your child have a tongue-tie? Are you concerned that it is causing issues with their ability to eat, breathe, or even speak? Problems associated with a lack of oral function typically occur during infancy but can develop as you get older. Learning you require a frenectomy can be a bit alarming if you don’t know what to expect or how long recovery will take. Read on to discover what kind of timeframe you or your child will need after undergoing this type of procedure.

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