After checking my loyal friend Google, I found this post and this post about lip ties.
I have been wondering about my baby's upper gums for awhile as he has a little white bump that will be between his front teeth once they come in. My friend and I were just discussing last week that he may have a gap between his teeth because of it.
After reading a few articles that included pictures, I lifted my sons upper lip and sure enough the frenulum is connected right to the little bump (papilla) between his front teeth. His front teeth are just cutting through now.
There are a few problems that can arise from an upper lip tie. Such as:
- breastfeeding latch problems
- gap teeth
- speech delays
- tooth decay
My son has not had any problems breastfeeding. He has latched on well since birth and is still breastfeeding at 7 month old. So I am concerned with the other three possible issues.
My dilemma now, is what to do next.
Many parents have the lip tie surgically cut or lasered to divide the frenulum.
Who do I make an appointment with? My family doctor, a dentist, a pediatrician?
I live in Canada so it is often a long wait to get an appointment. My son does not have his own family doctor or pediatrician. I have a family doctor that is retiring so only works 3 days a week and is not taking new patients. It takes 3 months to get an appointment unless you are really sick. Dentists are easy to get an appointment with since you pay them directly but I'm not sure if that is the right choice...
It does not seem to be affecting his smile or movement of his mouth so I do not know if I should be really concerned or not.
Have any of your children had a lip tie? What did you do?
Who did you have check it out?