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Tongue-Tied Babies, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia


A problem that sometimes occurs in newborn infants is a tongue condition referred to as tongue-tied. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses the problem and explains the treatment in this report.

A baby is said to be tongue-tied when the frenulum on the bottom of the baby’s tongue is too short to permit the baby to breast feed properly. The short frenulum does not allow the tongue the freedom of movement that breast feeding requires.

Dr. Mason says that the problem is easily treated. The treatment permits the child to feed properly, and it also improves the child’s breathing. The procedure is quick, easy, and pain-free. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area, and a laser cuts the skin tag that is causing the problem. The mother can hold her baby during the procedure.

The results of the procedure are quick, and the child can start nursing almost immediately. “It’s a huge relief for mom and child.”

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

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