January 25, 2024
5 Minutes

5 Signs Your Child May Benefit from a Frenectomy

As parents, we're always on the lookout for our children's well-being, often focusing on their nutrition, education, and emotional health. However, there's an aspect of their physical health that might not be as well-known but is equally important – oral health, specifically related to the frenum. At Floss Academy in Chicago, IL, Dr. Deric Truskoski and Dr. Amanda Pappas specialize in pediatric dentistry and often encounter cases where a frenectomy can significantly improve a child's quality of life. Here are five signs that your child may benefit from this simple yet transformative procedure.

1. Difficulty Breastfeeding

One of the earliest signs that your child might need a frenectomy is trouble with breastfeeding. A tight or short frenum (the small fold of tissue under the tongue or upper lip) can restrict movement, making it difficult for infants to latch properly. This not only affects their ability to feed efficiently but can also lead to maternal discomfort. If you notice your baby struggling to breastfeed, it's worth discussing with a pediatric dentist.

2. Speech Difficulties

As children grow, their speech development is a critical milestone. A restricted frenum can impede the movement of the tongue, leading to challenges in articulation and clarity of speech. Common issues include difficulty pronouncing certain sounds like 'l', 'r', 't', 'd', 'n', and 'th'. If your child is facing such speech difficulties, a consultation at Floss Academy can determine if a frenectomy is the right course of action.

3. Dental Health Concerns

A tight frenum can pull on the gums, leading to receding gums or creating gaps between teeth, especially the front teeth. This not only affects the appearance but can also have long-term implications on dental health, including an increased risk of gum disease. Regular dental check-ups can help identify these issues early, and a frenectomy might be recommended to prevent further dental complications.

4. Eating Challenges

Children with a restricted frenum may also have difficulty eating. They might struggle with moving food around in their mouth or experience discomfort while eating. This can lead to frustration during meals and potentially impact their nutrition. If you observe your child having a hard time eating or complaining about discomfort in their mouth, it's advisable to seek a dental evaluation.

5. Self-Esteem and Social Concerns

The physical effects of a tight frenum can extend beyond the physical to impact a child's self-esteem and social interactions. Children who are conscious about their speech or the appearance of their teeth may become withdrawn or less confident. Addressing these issues through a frenectomy can have a positive impact on their overall confidence and social well-being.

The Gift of a Healthy Smile

At Floss Academy, Dr. Deric Truskoski and Dr. Amanda Pappas understand the importance of early intervention. A frenectomy is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that can offer significant benefits in various aspects of your child's life. We also use a state-of-the-art CO2 laser to make the treatment painless and seamless. If you notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to contact us at (312) 584-0447 for a consultation. Our team in Chicago, IL, is dedicated to providing the best care for your child's oral health and overall well-being. Remember, a small step can lead to a big smile!