Some Common Myths Of Ankyloglossia Debunked


Ankyloglossia or tongue-tie is an abnormal condition present at birth, which restricts the circle of motion produced by tongue. In this case, a tight or thick tissue band called lingual frenulum ties the tongue’s bottom to the mouth’s floor. Not only does it make it difficult to stick out the tongue, but also affects the way a child speaks, eats and swallows. A few cases may even require a simple surgical process for rectification. However, there are some myths in circulation about this abnormality that needs to be debunked.

Tongue-Tie Is A Common Occurrence

No one can claim the fact that the prevalence of tongue-tie is quickly increasing. There is no accurate study which materializes this notion. It may be a population-based condition, but in order to declare this as a fact, proper research and studies must be done.

Tongue-tie Is Connected To Lip Tie

It is a misconception that a baby having a tongue-tie has an upper tie as well. This is not true at all. You don’t even know what actually is a lip tie, and there is no valid tool to assess the issue with anyone. On lifting the upper lips, if you see the gums turning white with a tight frenulum, your baby may be having a lip-tie.

Laser Is A Better Option Than Scissors Frenectomy

There is no reliable evidence to support this statement. Any sort of benefits are merely postulated. Also, it’s not necessary to perform a deep frenectomy for the baby to achieve an optimum motion range with a lighter snip.

Laser Frenectomy Is Totally Safe

Lasers can do some significant damage, if not handled properly. A professional practitioner will always employ safety rules to use laser equipment. There are various types of LASERs, with some of them suitable for soft-tissue surgery. Wrong choice of laser can create unnecessary scar tissues and damage collateral tissues as well.

Post-Surgical Care Prevents Re-Attachment

In order to prevent re-attachment or formation of excessive scar tissue, the scar tissue in the wound bed must be wrecked down a number of times. According to a study, frenum is a type of fascia, known as tendon. Scar tissue breakdown in the wound bed leads to myofibroblast laying down a condensed network of collagen. Gentle care is better, both psychologically and physiologically. There is absolutely no need to give baby trauma, with a hostile management post-surgery.

A Posterior Tie Exists Behind Every Frontal Tie

Going by histology, this is not 100% true.  It can be a misguiding statement if the objective is to hearten physicians to eliminate enough tissues to sufficiently activate the tongue. It is more practical to state that enough tissues must be taken out without cutting into the muscle, in order to restore optimum tongue mobility.

Any Medical Consultant Can Assess Tongue-Tie

Any profession requires the member to be trained specifically for a particular phenomenon. For that reason, not all consultants are trained to evaluate a tongue-tie condition. It’s always advisable to ask the ENT doctor, if he/she is trained for that purpose.