Up to 10% of the population has some form of tongue-tie (ankyloglossia, tight frenulum). In this video, Anna K. Meyer, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of California in San Francisco, explains why it is important to talk with your doctor if your child’s feeding, speech development, or oral health are compromised due to tongue-tie. Your doctor may refer you to a dentist for further evaluation.
Surgery (frenectomy or frenuloplasty) should be considered if the tongue-tie appears to restrict tongue movement, such as the inability to latch on with breastfeeding. It is a simple, safe, and effective procedure—general anesthesia is not required.