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Lip tie is a condition in which the labial frenulum, a strip of tissue between the upper lip and the upper gums, is unusually short or tight. It restricts lip movement to a great degree and disrupts numerous developmental processes.
Awareness of infant lip tie and its effects on feeding, dental, and general health is on the rise. This has led more parents to seek lip tie release to help their babies’ breastfeed. But what about those who still have lip ties later in life?
Breastfeeding is one of the earliest and most important milestones in an infant’s life. The mother and child bond deeply through nursing, and the baby receives many fundamental nutrients.
For the longest time, lip ties were generally considered a non-issue in the medical field. While it’s known to interfere with breastfeeding, parents were advised to just wait until it resolved itself.
The lips represent a very complex group of muscles that are essential for oral function. Because of this, malformations in the lips can lead to speech, dental, and feeding problems that can worsen with age.
Conventional wisdom dictates that tongue-tie will eventually correct itself. Baby Center estimates that, as the structure of the mouth changes, most tongue-ties go away during the first weeks of a baby’s life. But what about those that persist into childhood and adulthood?
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