A Simple Procedure To Help With Speech And Dental Health
Have You Or Someone You Love Been Tongue-Tied?You’ve probably heard of the term “tongue-tied.” Did you know that this common phrase comes from an actual medical condition that can inhibit speech? The tongue is attached (or tied) to the base of the mouth by a thin tissue web called the lingual frenum. For some people, the frenum is unusually thick or tight, which restricts tongue movement. It can negatively affect nursing in infants and create the following complications later on:
- Feeding difficulties and dental development (especially in children)
- Speech difficulties, especially for sounds that require tongue elevation such as: “s, z, t, d, l, r”
- Saliva management during speech and or eating
- Frenum scraping against the lower central incisors, and at times becoming pinched
- An increase in lateral or forward mandibular movement to compensate for lack of tongue movement.
- The inability to sweep the lips (which is common while eating an ice cream cone or in licking your lips)