A condition that restricts the tongue's range of motion.
More than 3 million US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Lab tests or imaging not required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
The condition is present at birth. A short, tight band of tissue tethers the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth. It can affect how a child eats and speaks
, and can interfere with breastfeeding.
Symptoms include difficulty sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth or lifting it to the upper teeth
, though many people have no symptoms.
The condition often resolves itself. If not, it can be treated with surgery.Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:Common symptoms
reduced mobility of the tongue
, breastfeeding difficulties, or speech impairment
Also called ankyloglossiaSymptomsUsually self-diagnosable
Symptoms include difficulty sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth or lifting it to the upper teeth, though many people have no symptoms.TreatmentsTreatment depends on severity
The condition often resolves itself. If not, it can be treated with surgery.
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Formal treatment to help with speech and swallowing provided by a trained speech therapist.Supportive careMonitoring:
Regular followup to evaluate for improvement.SurgeryLingual frenectomy:
Surgical removal of the band of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth.Self-careBreastfeeding:
Feeding a baby with milk from the mother's breast.SpecialistsPediatrician:
Provides medical care for infants, children
, and teenagers.Speech therapist
Specializes invoice rehabilitation.Dentist:
Specializes in diseases of the oral cavity
, especially the teeth.Otolaryngologist:
Treats ear, nose, and throat disorders.Primary care provider (PCP
Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.Plastic surgeon
Reconstructs defective, damaged, or missing body parts.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Note: The information you see describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn't apply to everyone. This information isn't medical advice
, so make sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have a medical problem. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or a emergency number immediately.
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