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Tongue tie, Airway and Sleep

Aptos Dentist

Health is the sum of many factors. Your mouth can put your health behind the proverbial eight ball long before issues and symptoms arise.  It’s fair to say that your mouth can be a big cause of a health downhill slide.

Tongue tie can contribute to an impaired mouth, pinched airway, interrupted sleep and a host of health troubles.  Further, research has shown that sleep apnea and other sleep disordered breathing appear to raise cancer risk.

Breast-feeding is a crucial part of healthy oral-facial development, letting the tongue do it’s work as a natural palatal expander.

Unrecognized tongue tight is all too often the first step in health’s downward spiral. Releasing tongue tie early is good proactive care.

The tongue is a muscular organ capable of movement in all directions. A tongue tie restricts the tongue to the floor of the mouth by the ligament called a lingual frenum.

Imagine the tongue on a short leash, preventing it from shaping the roof of your mouth. This is what tongue-tied does.

This makes it hard for a baby to latch, leading to one frustrated baby and one exhausted new mom.

Adults suffering from impaired oral system may have an unrecognized tongue tie, resulting in things like bottle-feeding, pacifiers, poor dietary habits, stuffy nose and habitual mouth breathing in the childhood. They simply did not have the benefit of a proper dental check up while they were growing up.

Tongue tie release and Orofacial myofunctional therapy is invaluable for correcting bad oral habits caused by tongue tie.

Dr. Allyson Drew is currently using a local Myofunctional therapist to treat her patients with tongue tie and sleep apnea.  Please call our office for more information.  831-688-6060. 📸: #susanluschas pH.D