The term “tongue-tied” is used freely as an expression meaning someone is too excited and/or nervous to talk. What most people don’t know, is that being tongue-tied is actually a medical condition in which people are unable to feely move their tongues. This condition is known as ankyloglossia.
Ankyloglossia is a common as well as commonly overlooked condition. Being tongue-tied is caused by an abnormality of the frenulum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
A normal frenulum is elastic and does not interfere with movements of the tongue. A frenum found in a person with ankyloglossia is unusually short and thick and decreases mobility of the tongue tip. This condition can interfere with feeding, eating, speech, oral hygiene, and overall dental health.
Limitations in lingual mobility and incorrect tongue posture may cause tongue-tied people to have messy eating habits, commonly resulting in dental decay and gingivitis as a result food debris not being removed by the tongue. Salivary problems may also occur, causing people to dribble, slurp, or splash their saliva often. A limited range of tongue motion may also be responsible for poor swallowing, the risk of an anterior open bite, and restricted dental arch development.
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Ankyloglossia is easily treatable with a lingual frenectomy which can be performed at Dr. Nemeth’s periodontal office in Southfield, MI. To schedule a consultation or to learn more about this condition, call 248-357-3100 today.