Tongue tie, or tethered oral tissue, occurs when the thin membrane under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue.
All babies are born with some of this tissue, but for approximately 5% of newborns, it is so tight that they cannot move their tongues freely. This can affect their ability to breastfeed and lead to poor latch, nipple pain and trauma, decreased milk intake and a decline in milk supply over time. The medical term for tongue tie is “ankyloglossia” and studies show the defect is likely hereditary.
Dr. Jacobson is a skilled dentist and infant tongue tie specialist at Dakota Dental. As a laser-trained dentist, Dr. Jacobson offers in-office laser frenotomy treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast. In addition to feeding challenges, tongue ties can cause infants to have difficulties such as airway issues, malocclusions (altered bite) as well as speech issues. Dr. Jacobson is proud to offer a comprehensive approach in her treatment modality, including breastfeeding support to best address tongue function and how it impacts the rest of the body.