Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy & Releasing Tongue-Ties
January 22, 2016•9 min
Tongue-tie is a medical condition that affects many children (and adults), particularly infants who are breastfeeding.When you hear the term "tongue-tie" you might think of someone who struggles to get across what he or she is saying... just can't get it off the tip of the tongue.However, tongue-tie is also a medical condition that affects many children (and adults), particularly infants who are breastfeeding. Research suggests that it occurs in 4-5 percent of newborns, but potentially up to 10 percent.If the condition is not caught early on, there can be multiple negative effects down the road.If the condition is recognized, a procedure can "release" the tongue-tie, typically done by clipping it with scissors or using lasers or a scalpel. In babies, it's a simple and well-tolerated procedure with a relatively short recovery period.However, if the release takes place at an older age, orofacial myofunctional therapy is an integral part of the recovery process, because the brain has already hard-wired patterns of muscle function.
Symptoms in teens and adults may include trouble swallowing, resistance to certain food textures, head and neck pain, and grinding of teeth (nocturnal bruxism). Listen in as Nicole Archambault Besson EdS, MS, an orofacial myofunctional therapist, joins Dr. Susanne to share more about the signs and symptoms of a tongue-tie, as well as what can be done to address it.