During the early years of development, the function of the tongue is essential for the proper development of the jaws, speech, feeding, the alignment of the teeth. It’s very important that parents understand the importance of seeking an in-person initial oral examination for your child. This examination can help detect a tongue-tie or other oral functional issues that may be impacting your child’s growth and development. At this visit we will evaluate tongue space, tongue tie, and tongue tone in context with signs, symptoms and sleep. If a tongue-tie is diagnosed, treatment first will involve therapy, which focuses on improving oral muscle function. If additional support is needed beyond therapy, a procedure to release tethered oral tissues may be indicated.