Originally Posted by LilMomma83
With all due respect this is something I have put A LOT of time into learning about...it seems most people truly do not get the far reaching effects of TT. And it IS a defect. I DO agree it is genetic as well...I believe there are multiple factors to consider.
I've researched this a lot too. In our case, purely genetic. I have lip/tongue tie (but it did not pose functional problems, other than a tendency towards slow speech at times). My mom never took any type of folic acid supplement in her pregnancies. Both my kids have them and I ended up getting them treated with good results.
I agree most people brush off the effects of TT/LT. It is true that for some, it isn't a problem....but for others it is. Unfortunately, the ones for who it is a problem get given the line of "Oh it's not causing your problems", when it indeed is causing problems (as in our case). The truth is, the quality research is lacking - only the anterior tongue tie has had adequate research on its effect on breastfeeding. The lip and posterior tongue ties are less noticeable, but can be just as problematic functionally. However, since most of these babies can still bottlefeed, many get missed....and end up with speech problems and no one really knows why, and the poor kids endure years of speech therapy. Now that there are some dental and other health professionals taking more interest, they are doing preliminary research into the effects of treating tt/lt with lasers. I think we'll see more and more attention paid to this issue in years to come.
I was told in one of my research classes that it takes 30 years for research to actually make it into everyday clinical practice! Egads - we have a long way to go!
For more info check out www.kiddsteeth.com - this dentist is a leader in the field and I hope that pediatricians, etc. will pay attention to his case study research.