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A tongue tie (ankyloglossia) affects the tongue’s movement due to an unusually short or tight lingual frenulum. This thin band of tissue connects the tongue’s underside to the floor of the mouth. While tongue tie is commonly associated with difficulties in breastfeeding, it can also lead to speech problems in children and adults.

The inability to communicate effectively is a serious life problem. Fortunately, you can get help from the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center, which will significantly affect your ability to speak.

Understanding Tongue Tie and Speech Challenges

A tongue tie restricts the organ’s range of motion, making it difficult to perform specific speech movements. Speech challenges associated with tongue ties may include difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, such as “t,” “d,” “l” and “r,” as well as challenges with tongue movement during speech production. These issues can affect children and adults, leading to communication difficulties and potentially impacting the overall quality of life.

Identifying Speech Problems Related to Tongue Tie

If you or your child experience persistent difficulties with speech, it is essential to consider the possibility of a tongue tie. Signs of speech problems related to tongue ties include difficulty articulating specific sounds, speaking with a lisp or slurred speech, struggles with tongue movements while talking and overall speech intelligibility issues.

The Role of Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is vital to managing speech problems associated with tongue ties. A licensed speech-language pathologist can assess specific speech challenges and develop a customized treatment plan. Speech therapy may include exercises to improve tongue strength and mobility, practice with correct tongue placement for particular sounds and strategies to enhance overall speech clarity. With consistent therapy and guidance, significant improvements in speech can be achieved.

The Importance of Tongue Tie Release

A tongue tie release procedure may be recommended in cases where the tongue tie significantly impacts speech. This minor surgical procedure, a frenotomy or frenuloplasty, involves releasing or lengthening the lingual frenulum to allow for more significant tongue movement. Dr. Caitlin McPherson of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center has extensive experience performing tongue tie releases, ensuring optimal outcomes for improved speech.

Seeking Professional Help at the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

Suppose you or your child are experiencing tongue-tie-related difficulties in articulation and overall communication. In that case, seeking professional help from a tongue-tie specialist is essential to improving speech quality.

You can trust the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center to provide expert care and guidance for tongue- and lip-tie-related issues. Contact us to arrange a consultation concerning our treatment procedure and soon experience the life-changing effect of communicating clearly.

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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South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

4.7 / 5.0

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  • Talia H.

    Great experience with my visit to Dr. McPhearson and Carrie, hygienist. Dr. McPhearson is so patient, kind, and a perfectionist. She cares deeply that you have a great dental visit every time.

  • Maham A.

    I saw Dr. Caitlin McPherson and she is absolutely amazing. Not only does she make sure that everything is beautiful and functional, but she also treats every patient and their concerns with the utmost kindness.

  • Frankie W.

    Dr. McPherson is absolutely the best I highly recommend her and her team for all of your dental needs.

  • Phillip R.

    Everyone is so nice and they all seem to have good comradery. Mallory, Taylor, and Dr. Caitlin McPherson definitely know what they're doing!

  • Kyle A.

    The staff is always friendly & Dr McPherson does a great job every time!

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