Tongue tie is the improper positioning of tongue tissue in the mouth, which restricts the tongue’s free movement.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Tongue tie occurs when the tissue on the underside of the front of the tongue is positioned too far forward on the tongue, making it difficult to move the tongue. This tissue is called the lingual frenulum.
If the tissue reaches the tip of the tongue, a V-shaped notch may be seen.
Tongue tie may cause feeding problems, tooth problems, and speech problems.
Pictures & ImagesOropharynx
Food passes from the mouth to the oropharynx (back of the throat) to the esophagus.
Review Date : 11/2/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.