Recently I noticed my 16 month old son has a tight upper lip frenulum (the skin connecting the lip to the gums). It's quite thick and extends down between his two front teeth causing a gap to accommodate the excess skin.
It's my understanding that it can cause speech delays and dental issues down the road, but I'm finding out that only about 40% of pediatric dentists recommend a Labial Frenectomy (snipping). Other dentists say it's better to wait until the child falls and/or hits the area causing it to break on it's own. That seems a bit odd to me... What if that never happens or too late when a speech/dental problem is already in the works? Poor guy hates getting his teeth brushed (can't blame him) and I'm trying to be as gentle as possible but it's hard to clean them properly.
Does anyone have experience with this?
My husband just switched jobs and our new insurance doesn't kick in until the first of March, so I'm stuck worrying about it until then. :(
Thanks for reading.