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How Long Does It Take for Children to Recover from a Frenectomy?

October 21, 2023

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Smiling baby sitting on bed

Learning that your child needs surgery can be scary. The good news is that if they need a frenectomy to treat lip or tongue tie, you can expect a relatively short and easy healing process. But just how long does it take for children to recover from a frenectomy, and what can you do to help them heal properly? This blog post provides some useful information.


Frenotomy? Frenectomy? What’s the Difference?

September 9, 2023

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closeup of a person’s frenulum

One of the nice things about having a dentist you can trust with your child’s healthcare is having someone who can help you navigate some of the more complicated aspects of the field. When you start to dig in yourself, it may almost seem like they’ve intentionally tried to make dentistry confusing.

For example, there are two procedures, frenotomy and frenectomy. They sound similar, and are kind of similar, but are distinct in a way that makes them well-suited to different patients. If you want to know more about these treatments, and the difference between them, here’s some information you may find useful.


Can Toddlers Have a Lip or Tongue Tie?

August 9, 2023

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toddler boy smiling against purple background

When an infant has trouble breast or bottle feeding, the culprit is often a lip or tongue tie. These conditions prevent a child from moving their lips or tongue because a thick band of tissue restricts the range of motion, but fortunately, they are often diagnosed and treated early. However, some do manage to be missed, meaning many toddlers have to deal with these problems. As you can imagine, the symptoms for children this age are quite different compared to an infant, and knowing the signs can help a parent seek out treatment as soon as it’s needed.


The Relationship Between Tongue-Tie and Colic

July 6, 2023

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Woman breastfeeding baby

Do you often find your infant upset and fussy without knowing why? It can be difficult to determine the cause of your baby’s discomfort. Colic can be one of the most stressful parts of caring for a new addition to the family. A condition that could be causing infant colic is tongue-tie. Continue reading to learn more about tongue-tie as well as its connection to colic.


3 Questions to Ask Before Seeking a Lip or Tongue-Tie Revision

June 15, 2023

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child with a tongue tie

It may not always be easy to know whether your child’s lip or tongue-tie is posing a serious problem, but it’s also possible that some situations may not be serious enough to warrant a procedure. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with your child’s dentist to find out more. Before this meeting, though, you’ll want to make sure that you come equipped to learn, so here are three questions to ask before considering a lip or tongue-tie revision.


Eating Solid Foods: How a Tongue Tie Can Interfere with This Transition

May 10, 2023

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baby eating baby food

After months of feeding your infant with a bottle, the time has come to introduce other foods to their diet. You look forward to seeing the funny faces they make as they try new tastes, but to your surprise, your baby isn’t taking to solid foods the way you thought. When they eat easily dissolved puff treats or foods that haven’t been mashed enough, they gag. Why aren’t they eating properly?

One possibility is that your baby has a tongue tie, or a thick piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the lower jaw. How can this tiny tissue, called a frenulum, cause so much trouble? Keep reading to learn more!


Can I Wait to See If My Child’s Lip or Tongue Tie Will Go Away?

April 11, 2023

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child with a tongue tie

Once you realize that your child has a lip or tongue tie, you may wonder if it’s entirely necessary to see a specialist. While it does appear to make things harder such as nursing and bottle feeding, and the fussiness and late-night attempts to feed can be exhausting, you think it may just be a phase that they’ll eventually grow out of. But what if that isn’t the case at all? Will a lip or tongue tie go away on its own? A local specialist is here with the answer.


The Secret to Getting a Proper Breastfeeding Latch

March 3, 2023

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a closeup of child breastfeeding

People often falsely believe that babies are born knowing how to do several things, including breastfeeding properly; however, it often takes a good bit of time and effort for infants to grasp this concept. But as a mother, it’s up to you to carefully guide them and ensure that they latch on correctly. Here’s more from your pediatric dentist about how to go about creating a proper breastfeeding latch, along with some signs that your baby might not be latching properly.


Could Your Child Benefit from Orofacial Myology Therapy?

February 14, 2023

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Portrait of smiling little girl in yellow top

In discussions about children’s oral health, we often hear about things like cavities and gum disease. Those problems are certainly worthy of attention. However, an aspect of oral health that often gets overlooked has to do with how the orofacial structures, such as the tongue and lips, function. When they are not in proper working order, serious problems can result. Fortunately, orofacial myology therapy can help. Could your child benefit from orofacial myology therapy? This blog post can help you discern the answer to that important question.


Traditional vs. Laser Frenectomy: Which One is Best?

January 6, 2023

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a dental laser

Does your child have a lip or tongue-tie? Are you concerned they may struggle as a result? This is common among parents who are unsure of how to address this kind of problem. Fortunately, there is a clear answer – a frenectomy. Of course, what you may not realize is there are two types: those performed the traditional way with scalpels and sutures and those that rely on dental lasers. If you want to know what the difference is between a traditional and laser frenectomy, read on.

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