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Reasons for treating a babies Tongue Tie with surgery

Dr Dermot J Murnane, Specialist Oral Surgeon

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE guidelines) suggests difficulties with breastfeeding babies is the only reason to release a tongue/lip tie in a baby.

The procedure is not carried out on babies for any other reason.

Children and adults usually have lip and tongue ties released for dental reasons such as spacing between the upper front teeth, difficulty cleaning teeth or gum disease as the ties pull the gum from the front teeth.

A minority of individuals attend with speech problems, usually articulating sounds such as T, N, and D, Fluffing sounds in rapid speech (tripping over words) or difficulty articulating if stressed or in forceful speech.

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