Up to 10% of the population has some form of tongue-tie (ankyloglossia, tight frenulum). In this video, Anna K. Meyer, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of California in San Francisco, explains why it is important to talk with your doctor if your child's feeding, speech development, or oral health are compromised due to tongue-tie. Your doctor may refer you to a pediatric dentist, pediatric otolaryngologist, or pediatric plastic surgeon for further evaluation.
Surgery (frenotomy or frenuloplasty) should be considered if the tongue-tie appears to restrict tongue movement, such as inability to latch on with breastfeeding. It is a is a simple, safe, and effective procedure—general anesthesia is not required.