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Tongue-tied

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 When we hear the term “tongue-tied”, most of us have a mental image of someone who is struggling to speak in public but is stammering nervously and is at a loss for words. In reality, tongue-tie is a medical condition that affects many people and has special implications for the breastfed baby.

Tongue tie can be defined as a structural abnormality of the lingual frenum. When the frenum is normal, it is elastic and does not interfere with the movements of the tongue in sucking, eating, clearing food off the teeth in preparation for swallowing and, of course, in speech. When it is short, thick, tight or broad it has an adverse effect on oromuscular function, feeding, and speech. It can also cause problems when it extends from the margin of the tongue and across the floor of the mouth to finish at the base of the teeth.

At Winchester Family Dentistry we offer tongue tie corrections with a laser, minimal pain and bleeding and very rapid healing time.

The tongue has taste receptors for sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umani! Umani is the sound you make when tasting great food that your mother made, but it is also the flavor of protein or specifically glutamate.

The big round mushroom looking objects on the back of your tongue are circumvallate papilla, they have a high concentration of taste receptors. The tongue also has something called filiform papilla.

The papillae allow the tongue to scrape things or lick them up. If there is not enough rough food in a diet the filiform papilla can overgrow and stain leading to a condition called Black Hairy Tongue!

It looks gross and smells even worse. This is why tongue scrapers are a good idea as a part of a comprehensive oral hygiene program.

Give us a call to set an appointment to learn more about your oral health.