I Never Knew I had a Tongue Tie!

After being trained in orofacial myofunctional therapy a year ago, I realized about 2 months ago that I had a posterior tongue tie. What is that you ask? Well, it is a tongue tie which cannot be diagnosed like an anterior tongue tie which most of the public could see and identify. It must be diagnosed through a functional assessment. For me I realized that the floor of my mouth would lift as a compensatory strategy for reduced tongue range of motion when I was demonstrating for patients during therapy.

Then I started thinking about all the red flags I had over the years. I was a difficult child with temper tantrums (but not if my dad was around). I had braces for 4 years and my teeth have moved. I’ve always had a difficulty swallowing pills. I’ve had temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. I’ve had more than one surgery to graph my gums. My mouth muscles would cramp when yawning. I held stress in my neck and back.

On Monday, December 7th, I had a frenectomy. Now I know what my patients go through when I refer them for this procedure. There is pain involved, but within 24 hours of the procedure I noticed less back and neck tension.  Many common ailments are signs or symptoms of a tongue tie. Please refer to our orofacial myofunctional tab for more information.