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Garcia-DeMartino Lip & Tongue-Tie Specialist Blog

Tongue-Tie and Postpartum Depression: What is the Link?

April 19, 2024

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woman with postpartum depression

While the joy of having a baby can be something a woman looks forward to throughout her pregnancy, its arrival can spur a new array of emotions that may be unexpected. Postpartum depression is real, and it affects an estimated 10% of new mothers. Part of the mental struggle women experience is the inability to nurse or feed their baby, whether it is due to a lip- or tongue-tie or the psychological toll that occurs in the weeks and months following the birth of their child. Find out if there might be a link between postpartum depression and a child’s restricted lip or tongue tissues.


Can Tongue Tie Cause Reflux and Constipation in Babies?

March 23, 2024

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Fussy infant lying on bed

It is well known that tongue tie and lip tie can interfere with a child’s ability to breastfeed, but that is really just the beginning of the problem. In fact, evidence indicates that a tongue tie could even contribute to digestive problems, including reflux and constipation. How is that the case, and how might treatment be able to help? This blog post explains.


Frenectomy vs. Frenotomy: What’s The Difference?

February 9, 2024

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Dentist talking to mother about a frenectomy

In the realm of dental procedures, terms like “frenectomy” and “frenotomy” may sound intimidating or confusing to many. Understanding the differences between these procedures is important to determine what your child needs. If you want to learn the big difference between these two surgical solutions for your child’s lip and tongue-ties, continue reading.


Nursing News: Is Pain Normal?

January 8, 2024

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Woman on couch nursing baby

Breastfeeding your newborn is an incredible opportunity to bond with them that brings a lot of joy to many new mothers. If you’re experiencing pain every time, however, you probably won’t find the experience to be as pleasant. If you’ve asked for help, you may have been told that discomfort is normal and to wait it out, but that’s not necessarily the case. Unfortunately, this is a well-known misconception about breastfeeding that is treated as common knowledge. Keep reading to learn more about the actual truth behind this myth about nursing!


Ties and Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know About Lip Ties

December 8, 2023

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A toddler revealing their lip tie

Nothing can beat the smile of a healthy and happy child. As a parent, you want what is best for your little one So, if you notice they’re having trouble, you’ll naturally step in to help. A lip tie affects the strip of skin beneath the upper lip, thickening it. This heavily restricts its movement, which can impact toddlers in multiple ways. Understanding the need for treatment is an important first step to help your child live a happier, healthier life.

If you want to learn how lip ties affect toddlers, stunting their development, continue reading.


The Ties That Bind: Will Your Child’s Lip or Tongue-Tie Resolve Naturally?

November 17, 2023

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A dentist opening a young patient’s mouth to demonstrate a lip or tongue tie

As a parent, it’s common to be met with various challenges and questions regarding your child’s development. There’s no universal rule book to help you navigate every obstacle. When it comes to your child’s oral health, your dentist is the authority. So, what would they say about your child’s lip or tongue tie? Will it go away on its own?

If you want to learn more about lip and tongue ties and how they can be treated, continue reading.


Why Is Early Detection of Lip and Tongue Tie So Important?

October 21, 2023

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Happy young girl sticking her tongue out

Lip and tongue tie are congenital conditions that restrict the movement of the lip and/or tongue. They occur because connective tissues within the mouth, called frenulums or frenums, are too thick or short, thereby limiting how well the oral structures can function. Sadly, some cases of lip and tongue tie are not diagnosed until a person is well into childhood — some people do not receive treatment until adulthood! The earlier these conditions are recognized and treated, the better. Why exactly is early detection of lip and tongue tie so important? This blog post explains.


Will an Untreated Lip or Tongue Tie Delay My Child’s Speech Development?

September 2, 2023

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a smiling child visiting their dentist

Of all of life’s early milestones, few are as important or memorable as learning how to speak! Speech allows us to shape our relationships with others and connect with the world, and if we couldn’t talk, things would be much quieter and boring, to say the least. But speech starts at an early age, and unfortunately, there are some challenges that children face when learning to communicate. Among them are tongue and lip ties, conditions that affect the oral tissues inside the mouth that grant us the ability to form words. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about lip and tongue ties and how they have the potential to impact speech development in children, as well as why professional treatment is an effective answer.


Are Lip & Tongue Ties More Common Today Than in the Past?

August 23, 2023

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a child having their mouth examined by a lip and tongue tie specialist

Among infants, lip and tongue ties are becoming a more commonly diagnosed and recognizable problem that parents can now tell the early signs of. These issues date far back, being depicted in 17th century woodcuttings showing physicians performing frenectomies. Granted, today, the procedure looks a lot different. Read on to learn more about why this issue is being more frequently diagnosed and understand the history and treatment behind lip and tongue ties.


How Lip & Tongue Ties Lead to Crying Babies

July 20, 2023

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A parent holding a crying baby

As a parent, it’s very frustrating when your infant cries a lot. This situation is stressful and leaves you with frayed nerves. Still, your little one isn’t distressed for no reason. The reality is that lip and tongue ties can cause colic. Consequently, a child with either issue should get professional treatment. Your Phillipsburg pediatric dentist can even tell you why. To that end, here’s a summary of lip and tongue ties, how they cause colic, and why they need dental care.

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