Exposing the top 10 Myths (takes) in Diagnosing and Treating Tethered Oral Tissues (Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties) in Breastfeeding InfantsLawrence Kotlow*
Practice Limited to Pediatric Dentistry, 340 Fuller Road Albany, New York, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Lawrence Kotlow
DDS Practice Limited to Pediatric Dentistry
340 Fuller Road Albany
New York 12203, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 23, 2016; Accepted date: April 25, 2016; Published date: April 30, 2016
Citation: Kotlow L (2016) Exposing the top 10 Myths (takes) in Diagnosing and Treating Tethered Oral Tissues (Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties) in Breastfeeding Infants. Oral health case Rep 2: 1000114. doi:10.4172/2471-8726.1000114
Copyright: © 2016 Kotlow L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Every day I can treat anywhere from 4-10 infants in need of surgical revisions of the lip and tongue (TOTS) or tethered oral tissues for difficulties latching on to their mother’s breast? The symptoms they mother and infant present with can include for the mother; nipple damage, thrush, spasm, severe pain, engorgement and in some instances the emotional impact can lead to postpartum depression when the mother-infant bond fails to properly develop [1-6]. Among the infant’s symptoms; reflux, sleep apnea, pain from gas, sleepless nights, falling to sleep when latching and non-nutritional feeds. When these parents seek care, the stories they hear from their healthcare providers, which have no credible scientific or medical basis are many. From the many comments that have been repeated to me by mothers and fathers, I have chosen the top ten what I call MYTHS (takes) to write about in this article.