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Short lingual frenulum as a risk factor for sleep-disordered breathing in school-age children.

Sleep Disorders AptosDo you have a restricted tongue? Is the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth too tight?

Try this to detect if you have a tongue tie (restricted lingual frenum):

Open your mouth 👄 as wide as you can.

Place the tip of your tongue against the gum tissue just behind the upper two front teeth.

Did you have to close your mouth to get your tongue up there? If so, call us for an evaluation.

Have your entire family try this. The younger we treat, the better overall health you’ll have. This is why:

This study demonstrates that a short lingual frenulum is associated with increased risk of breathing issues while sleeping (think sleep apnea, etc).

The study was done with school-age children.

A short lingual frenum holds the tongue to the bottom of the mouth while we breath, eat, swallow and at rest.

This changes the how the bones of the face develop and is significant early in life.

A short lingual frenum can lead to mouth breathing and I correct swallow which can create crooked teeth, narrow jaws or crossbite.

We swallow 2 times per minute during the day and 1 time per minute at night. That’s a lot of action from the tongue.

A short lingual is associated with sucking, swallowing, and speech problems. So if you’ve have a child in speech therapy, call us for a consult.

Why do we have a lingual frenum? It balances the face bones and tongue and lip muscles during fetal development.

How we move our tongue and facial muscles helps mold the shape of our face bones and jaws.

Please feel free to contact Aptos Dentists Drs. Jason and Allyson Drew at 831-688-6060 orsend an email to to schedule a Sleep Apnea Consultation today.

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