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Newborn tongue-tie: Always this difficult to diagnose?

Aug. 7, 2023
Barbara Tritz's daughter might never have been aware her newborn had tongue-tie if it hadn't been for her mother.

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month this August, Barbara Tritz, the Queen of Dental Hygiene, turned over the authoring of a recent post on her blog to her daughter, Alexa, who recently gave birth and breastfed. Alexa was one of so many new parents who experienced less-than-ideal conditions when she brought her son home. But getting solutions proved to be a lot harder than she could have imagined.

It was obvious from the get-go that not all was well with Alexa's newborn son. But the medical professionals kept assuring her that everything was on track. She tried to believe them, but her breaking point came when she was trying to breastfeed for the thousandth time, and the pain became unbearable.

When she called her mother, Barbara quickly put the wheels into motion. The diagnosis? Tongue-tie.

"I’m writing this and sharing this to create awareness," Alexa writes in the post. "Awareness that ties are commonly missed. Awareness that your average provider isn’t adequately educated about ties. Awareness that you may have a tie!"

Alexa's journey to figuring out the problem took much longer than she would have liked, with her and her baby both in pain. She didn't learn that her son was in pain until seeing the proper specialist, thanks to her RDH mother.

Read Alexa's entire journey here, and know that no one is ever alone

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About the Author

Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH

Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH, is a practicing biological dental hygienist at Green City Dental in Edmonds, Washington. She is the owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, Washington, where she practices orofacial myofunctional therapy. She completed her accreditation in biological dental hygiene through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and is laser certified through the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In 2019 Barbara received the HuFriedy-American Dental Hygienist Association Master Clinician Award. Barbara can be contacted at [email protected].