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Garcia-DeMartino Lip & Tongue-Tie Specialist Blog

How Long Does It Take for a Child to Recover from a Frenectomy?

June 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 6:24 pm
Happy baby sticking its tongue out

Is your child scheduled for a frenectomy? This simple surgery can provide freedom from lip and tongue tie, making life easier for both you and your young one. Still, you may have some anxiety about the post-op period. How long does it take for a child to recover from a frenectomy? What can you do to help your child heal properly? This blog post provides practical information.


How Lip and Tongue Ties Can Affect Your Child’s Transition to Solid Foods

May 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 6:06 pm
a small infant eating an apple

The transition from bottle-feeding to solid foods is quite a milestone for your child, and you might be pretty eager to see your little one start trying out all of the new foods they’ll have access to! However, did you know that an unresolved tongue or lip tie can make things quite difficult for your child? Here’s more from your trusted pediatric dentist about these issues and their impact on feeding, along with how things can be resolved.


3 Common Myths About Lip and Tongue Ties

April 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 2:50 pm
child showing off their tongue tie

If you’re a parent of a young child it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you need to remember about their health. There are some common things like colds that every parent will watch out for, but there are other conditions exclusive to babies that you might have trouble staying on top of.

Lip and tongue ties are a great example. Most parents may not have even heard much about them before having a child, and what they have heard may not be true. Here are some common misconceptions about lip and tongue ties.


Breastfeeding 101: How to Get a Proper Latch

March 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 4:53 pm
closeup of baby breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an essential part of a baby’s growth and development. Not only is it a source of nutrition, but it also provides the baby with antibodies that help them fight infections. However, to ensure that breastfeeding is effective, a proper breastfeeding latch is essential. Read on as we discuss what a proper breastfeeding latch is, what a good breastfeeding latch looks like, and the signs that your baby is not latching properly.


Will My Child Benefit from Orofacial Myology Therapy?

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 5:31 pm
a child visiting their dentist

When it comes to children’s oral health, things such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss are just a few issues that are worth preventing and addressing if they occur. That said, one aspect of oral health that is often overlooked is the functionality of orofacial structures, such as the tongue and lips. These parts of the mouth are just as important as the teeth and gums, and if they become compromised, serious problems might unfold. Fortunately, orofacial myology therapy can usually help! Here’s more about what this treatment entails and when it’s typically a good option for your child.


Laser or Traditional Frenectomy—Which is Best?

January 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 5:42 pm
close-up of someone exposing their frenulum

Frenectomies have been done for a very long time, but many people still don’t know much about them or how life-changing they can be. A frenectomy simply shortens the frenulum, a thin ligament that connects the lips and tongue to the other tissues in the mouth. Some people have a frenulum that’s too large, so trimming it allows them to move their lips and tongue more freely.

Frenectomies have been done since at least the 1700s, but how they’re done has progressed significantly. In particular, there’s been a growing distinction between traditional and laser frenectomies. If you or your child needs this treatment, here’s a guide that can help you pick between the two.


4 Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby So They Can Sleep

December 28, 2022

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Most babies start teething when their first teeth begin erupting through their gums. It’s most known to cause distress for both the parents and the child because neither one can get the rest they need! After a long day at work or taking care of your child, the one thing all parents can appreciate is laying their head down on their pillow knowing their little one is asleep in the next room over, but that isn’t always possible if they’re fussy and in pain. Knowing what to expect during this process can make it a little easier, and with these four soothing techniques, you can help make teething more comfortable for your baby.


What’s the Difference Between a Frenectomy & Frenotomy?

November 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 3:23 pm
a parent sitting in a chair and breastfeeding their infant

Over the last decade, lip and tongue-tie diagnoses have drastically increased due to more parents being educated about why their child may be experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, digestive issues, or speech impairments. While this is definitely a “win” for modern technology and parents everywhere, it’s important to know that there are multiple treatment options depending on your child’s unique situation. Read on to learn the difference between a frenectomy and frenotomy.


How Can a Lip or Tongue-Tie Affect My Toddler?

October 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 5:33 pm
a parent playing with their toddler

Nobody gives you a how-to book on raising a child. It can feel like a lot of pressure taking care of your kiddo in addition to being cognizant of the little signs they show that could be symptoms of medical or health conditions. Fortunately, if you find out your toddler has a lip or tongue-tie, there are specialists who can help you navigate and treat their condition to improve their quality of life as they get older. Read on to learn how a lip or tongue-tie can impact your toddler’s development and what you can do about it.


Tongue Ties and Colic: How Treating One Could Improve the Other

September 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lehighvalley @ 5:03 pm
crying baby with colic and a tongue tie

You knew having a brand-new baby would be a challenge, but your little one keeps crying no matter what you do—feeding, changing their diaper, rocking—and nothing seems to help for long. Their colic is making you miserable, and you know in your gut that something must be wrong, but what?

Have you thought of the possibility that your baby with colic could have a tongue tie? This post explains how colic can be caused by a tongue or lip tie and how the problem is treated to keep everyone happier.

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