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Team of Lip & Tongue-Tie Specialists – Palm Harbor, FL

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Prior to having a frenectomy completed, all babies should be evaluated by a lactation consultant, myofunctional therapist, or speech language pathologist (SLP) trained in infant feeding. All children or teens having speech issues should also be evaluated by a trained SLP or myofunctional therapist. If symptoms cannot be eliminated non-surgically, then Dr. Maggie is happy to evaluate your child. If a laser frenectomy is required, then once it has been performed, the next step is to help a patient relearn how to use their tongue and lips properly when it comes to eating and speaking. For infants, this might involve the child and mother working with a myofunctional therapist and lactation consultant to ensure proper and consistent latching and swallowing. With older patients, dedicated speech therapy from a certified professional can help resolve longstanding impediments that have been resistant to other forms of treatment.

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Why Choose Florida Tongue Tie Institute Professionals?

  • Pediatric Dentist Who is Laser Surgery Certified
  • Partnered with Local Lactation & Speech Specialists
  • Individualized Treatment Plans for Every Patient

The Importance of Working
with Specialists

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Prior to having a frenectomy completed, all babies should be evaluated by a lactation consultant and speech language pathologist (SLP) trained in infant feeding. All children or teens having speech issues should also be evaluated by a trained SLP. If symptoms cannot be eliminated non-surgically, then Dr. Maggie is happy to evaluate your child. If a laser frenectomy is required, then once it has been performed, the next step is to help a patient relearn how to use their tongue and lips properly when it comes to eating and speaking. For infants, this might involve the child and mother working with a myofunctional therapist and lactation consultant to ensure proper and consistent latching and swallowing. With older patients, dedicated speech therapy from a certified professional can help resolve longstanding impediments that have been resistant to other forms of treatment.

Lactation Support

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Lactation consultants are nursing professionals who help mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges. They can address issues such as poor milk supply, breast and nipple pain, difficulty latching, finding comfortable nursing positions and so much more.

Infant Feeding-Speech Language Pathologists (SLP)

Some speech language pathologists have years of specialty training to become experts in pediatric feeding and swallowing. They can correctly diagnose and provide therapy for dysphagia (abnormal swallowing) and improper function of the tongue in infants and children.

Speech in Older Children-Speech Language Pathologists (SLP)

These therapist specialize in children with articulation disorders, dysarthria, apraxia, phonological disorders and oral habits (ex: tongue thrust, thumb sucking, pacifier use, nail biting). Some of these SLP’s have specialty training on Myofunctional Therapy which aims to correct improper tongue muscles by teaching the child to engage the muscles to the appropriate position. The goal of therapy is to facilitate proper nasal breathing by emphasizing the correct resting posture of the tongue and lips. They can work in outpatient therapy clinics, schools, home health, or telehealth.

Chiropractic & Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Stress and trauma to the body and spine can occur with the birthing process. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system--- comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Fascia is connective tissue that runs throughout our bodies and can develop restrictions. Through precise and sustained pressure on the whole-body, myofascial release aims to release these restrictions naturally.

Orthodontist & Myofunctional Therapist

A healthy airway is the foundation for optimal health at any age and is the foundation for healthy and balanced orthodontic treatment goals. This specialty requires advanced training in oral fascial myology and an awareness to identify breathing-related sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Ear Nose and Throat Specialists (ENT)

Children can often experience sleep disordered breathing including snoring, mouth breathing, restless sleeping, obstructive events (apnea), and behavioral changes during the day. Trained ENTs can evaluate your child’s airway to and potentially perform sleep studies (polysomnography) to correctly diagnose these disorders.