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Tongue Tie Pathway - Clinical Features

Clinical features of tongue tie may include:

  • inability to protrude the tongue more than 1 to 2mm past the lower central incisors
  • for infants too young to voluntarily protrude the tongue, a frenulum that prevents placement of the examiner' s fingers between¬†the underside of the tongue and mandibular alveolus is considered abnormally restrictive
  • abnormally short frenulum, inserting at or near the tip of the tongue
  • difficulty lifting the tongue to the upper dental alveolus
  • impaired side to side movement of the tongue


Mother may have symptoms and signs that include:

  • nipple damage/nipple pain
  • low milk supply
  • plugged ducts
  • mastitis
  • breast pain/caused by nipple vasospasm

Last updated : Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Next review date : Wednesday, October 31,2018

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