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Laser tongue tie removal, or frenotomy, is a safe and effective medical procedure that can significantly enhance a child’s life in various ways. A tongue tie, or ankyloglossia, occurs when the strip of skin beneath the tongue (the lingual frenulum) is shorter than usual, limiting the tongue’s range of motion. While not all tongue ties require intervention, those that do can benefit from laser tongue tie removal. Here is how this procedure can enhance a child’s life when performed as an infant or toddler.

Improved Feeding

One of the most immediate benefits of laser tongue tie removal is improved feeding, particularly in infants. Babies with a tongue tie may struggle with breastfeeding, leading to frustration, poor latch, and insufficient milk transfer. By releasing the restrictive frenulum, babies can latch onto the breast more effectively, making feeding a smoother and more satisfying experience.

Enhanced Nutritional Intake

Tongue tie removal ensures that infants can receive adequate nutrition from breastfeeding. For some infants with severe tongue ties, poor feeding can lead to slow weight gain or failure to thrive. By improving the ability to latch and feed efficiently, laser tongue tie removal helps ensure infants receive the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.

Speech Development

As children grow, the impact of a tongue tie on speech development becomes more apparent. A restricted tongue can hinder the ability to pronounce certain sounds and articulate words correctly. Laser tongue tie removal can enable better tongue mobility, allowing children to develop their speech skills more effectively.

Oral Hygiene

Proper tongue function is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. Without the ability to clean food particles from between the teeth and gums, individuals with untreated tongue ties may be at a higher risk of dental issues, including cavities and gum disease. After laser tongue tie removal, children can maintain better oral hygiene, reducing the risk of dental problems.

Improved Comfort

For some children, a tongue tie can cause discomfort and pain. This may manifest as difficulty sticking out the tongue, problems with swallowing, or even difficulty using a spoon. Laser tongue tie removal can relieve discomfort and enhance the child’s ability to perform daily tasks comfortably.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Children with untreated tongue ties may experience frustration and embarrassment due to speech difficulties or limitations in activities that involve tongue mobility, such as playing a musical instrument or participating in sports. Laser tongue tie removal can boost self-esteem and emotional well-being by allowing children to participate fully in social and educational activities.

Preventing Potential Complications

If left untreated, tongue ties can lead to issues in adulthood, such as dental problems or speech disorders. Early intervention through laser tongue tie removal can prevent or mitigate these potential complications.

Laser tongue tie removal is a straightforward and minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient setting. It is considered safe and well-tolerated by children and infants, with minimal discomfort and a quick recovery. Laser tongue tie removal can significantly enhance a child’s life by improving feeding, speech development, oral hygiene, comfort, and overall well-being. This procedure not only benefits children but also parents, making the journey of infancy and early childhood more enjoyable and less stressful for both. To learn more about minimally-invasive laser tongue tie removal, contact our team at South Carolina Tongue Tie Center. Call our office in Charleston, SC, to schedule a consultation for your child.

Posted on behalf of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-654-0459


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm

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