As part of our oral pathology coursework, we were to research a specific oral condition or disease. Because of my interest in orofacial myofunctional therapy, I chose to research ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as “tongue-tie.” This condition is often undetected and happens during pregnancy when a small portion of tissue that is supposed to disappear during the baby’s development remains at the bottom of the tongue. An orofacial myofunctional therapist is able to identify tongue-tie since they know about the lingual frenulum and the normal way that a baby feeds. When the tongue cannot move properly, functions such as sucking, swallowing, chewing or talking can be negatively impacted.
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