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What is Lip & Tongue-Tie? – Palm Harbor, FL

Your Quick Guide to Lip & Tongue-Ties


Approximately 10% of children are born with a lip or tongue-tie, which restricts the movement of these oral tissues and in some cases restricts eating, speaking, and even breathing properly. They can be especially troublesome for infants and breastfeeding mothers as they can prevent the child from successful latching, leading to nutrition and health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Maggie can take care of both in just a few minutes in our dental office. Of course, most parents want to find out, “What is lip and tongue-tie?” from our Palm Harbor, FL dentist. 

Why Choose Florida Tongue Tie Institute for Lip & Tongue-Tie?

  • Care Provided by a Mother of 3 & All Female Staff
  • Laser Technology Makes Treatment Fast & Gentle
  • Certified Dentist with Over a Decade of Experience

What Causes Lip & Tongue-Ties?

Laughing mother and baby after lip and tongue tie

Inside everyone’s mouth, there are three small bands of tissue called frenulums (or frenula or frena). One connects each lip to the gums, and another is found beneath the tongue. During fetal development, a process called apoptosis is supposed to occur where the lips and tongue separate from the rest of the mouth, allowing them to move freely. Sometimes, this doesn’t quite happen, and the frenulum ends up being so short or thick that it prevents the proper range of motion, creating what is called a lip or tongue-tie.