visual indicators of tethered oral tissue

Visual Indicators of Tethered Oral Tissue

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Any form of tethered oral tissue (TOT), be it a tongue-tie or lip-tie, can cause significant problems for your child. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to know whether your child actually has a tongue-tie or lip-tie.

We’re here to help, providing these visual indicators that a tethered oral tissue is present.

Signs of a tongue-tie:

  • A cupped tongue can be evidence of a tongue-tie. When you examine your child for a tongue-tie, see if the sides of the tongue lift higher than the middle.
  • A forked tongue is another sign of a tongue-tie. In some instances, the fork is present at all times. In other cases, it only is visible when the child sticks out his or her tongue or makes certain tongue movements while talking.
  • If the two bottom middle teeth point inward, this can be the result of muscle tension created by a tongue-tie. This muscle tension literally pulls on the bone and re-aligns those teeth.

Signs of a lip-tie:

  • For a baby with a tongue-tie, he or she may exhibit difficulty when trying to nurse as the baby will be unable to latch properly. As a result of improper latching techniques, the baby may cry a lot since he or she is not getting full from feedings. If your baby falls off the breast often or makes popping or clicking sounds when nursing, this may be a result of a tongue-tie. Also, as the breastfeeding mother, you may experience nipple pain, mastitis or pain while nursing.
  • Mouth breathing consistently is also a sign of a tongue-tie since your child is unable to rest his or her tongue in the proper position – mouth closed with tongue resting against the roof of the mouth.
  • A gap between the two front teeth is a classic indicator of a lip-tie. This occurs when the frenulum starts at the base of the gums, preventing the teeth from coming together.
  • If the upper lip strains when you attempt to lift it to the tip of the nose, then that can indicate a lip-tie. This strain may be present if the sides come up higher than the middle, or if the lip changes color from strain when pulled high.
  • Does your baby’s upper lip tuck in while nursing? This manifests if your baby cannot fully flange his or her upper lip around the breast or bottle.
  • Lip blisters are another sign that a baby has tethered oral tissue especially if the lips are not flanging properly.

If your child shows any of these visual indicators or any of the other main symptoms of tethered oral tissue such as difficulty nursing, eating or failure to thrive, do not take a passive approach and wait for the behaviors to stop. Have your child evaluated right away for a potential tongue-tie or lip-tie.

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The staff at Crestview Dental Care is experienced in diagnosing and treating tethered oral tissue. Contact our office at (865) 982-1700 for more information.

Crestview Dental Care serves patients in the Knoxville and Maryville areas of East Tennessee.

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