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A string of tissue underneath the tongue attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This piece of tissue, also called the frenulum, ends up being too short in the case of tongue-tie. This is medically known as ankyloglossia, otherwise known to common people like me and you as tongue-tie. Restrictions on the tongue due to this condition could end up causing problems in cases such as these. Babies sometimes are unaffected in mild cases of tongue-tie. However in severe cases the tongue ends up almost being fused to the bottom of the mouth.
It’s difficult for pediatricians to predict how common tongue-tie is amongst babies and there are continuous disagreements in this regard as its identification, especially in milder cases, is hard to identify. While some studies have end with results showing tongue-tie in about four percent of babies, other studies come to conclusions that the percentage of babies with tongue-tie can even go up as high as eleven percent.
It has been said that tongue-tie is an inherited phenomenon yet this claim, too, has yet to be proven.
Identifying a tongue-tie
In some cases tongue-tie can be spotted and identified at the first check-up of a baby at birth by a pediatrician. This is done by the pediatrician by putting his/her finger into the babies mouth and checking the roof of the baby’s mouth and tongue. Again, however, it is not easy to spot a tongue-tie and it may, in most cases, only be spotted at a later stage.