Infant Tongue Tie

Comfortable and effective nursing for you and your newborn is our goal at Dahm Dental.

Many moms and infants struggle with nursing unnecessarily. The most common cause of this struggle is a tongue-tie and/or lip-tie. These ties can be difficult to identify but when treated properly result in normal, comfortable nursing of your newborn. Imagine rubber-banding your wrists together and trying to successfully complete all your daily activities. This is what your infant experiences when they are born with an excessive lip-tie or tongue-tie. They are unable to nurse and swallow properly and this causes a host of problems for baby, mother and family!  Click on these names to see the story of some of our patients that have had these procedures:  Hope and Jaxten.

When you call our office will we schedule you to come in with your baby and do a thorough exam.  The following videos will show you what to expect when you come in.

 Infant Lip/Tongue Tie Interview:


Infant Exam:



Please click on the link below and watch the video that explains the reasoning for doing a tongue tie procedure:

Dr. Kotlow's view on tongue ties (Since 1974, Dr. Kotlow has been in private practice, serving the specialized needs of children. Dr. Kotlow is known throughout the country for his innovative techniques and caring manner, and has lectured for some of the top dental societies and dental companies. Dr. Kotlow has lectured in Australia, Taiwan, Canada, England, France, and throughout the United States concerning Pediatric Dentistry and lasers. He has written over 35 articles and authored chapters on pediatric dentistry and lasers for three laser textbooks.)

 If your infant has a problematic lip-tie or tongue-tie, he or she will struggle with any or all of the following:

1.     a short, shallow, ineffective latch

2.     un-sustained latch

3.     sliding off the nipple

4.     prolonged episodes of non-nutritional breastfeeding attempts

5.     falling asleep before finished nursing

6.     unable to hold onto a pacifier

7.     poor weight gain, resulting in a “failure to thrive” diagnosis

8.     chronic crying

9.     sleeping only when held up right or in an infant car seat

10.   signs of mourning congestion with silent sleeping stomach reflux

11.   infant gastroesophageal reflux and excessive spitting up after nursing

12.   clicking sounds while nursing and swallowing air when latched

13.   leaking milk while nursing


If your infant has a problematic lip-tie or tongue-tie, you will struggle with any or all of the following:

1.       lipstick shaped nipples after the infant latches

2.       flattened, blistered, bruised or bleeding nipples

3.       moderate to severe pain when your infant latches

4.       nipple infections, plugged ducts, mastitis and/or nipple thrush

5.       engorged or unemptied breasts

6.       premature self-weaning by your infant

7.       premature reduction of breast milk supply


Your family will experience:

1.       frustration due to lack of answers

2.       exhaustion and depression

3.       lack of infant- mother connection

4.       premature weaning due to pain and frustration

5.       family conflicts and relationship difficulties

6.       suspicion of neglect due to an underweight or unhealthy infant

Correction of problematic lip-tie and tongue-tie requires a TEAM that includes a lactation consultant, a trained and experienced laser surgeon and occasionally an infant bodyworker to release and retrain the improper swallowing and body patterns that have developed due to the restricted tongue and lip.


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