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Factors that influence the decision to have a tongue tie released: A preliminary study
journal contributionposted on 2022-06-07, 02:52 authored by Anna-Maree Bennett, Grace VincentGrace Vincent, Barbra ZupanBarbra Zupan
There is equivocal evidence regarding the impact of tongue-tie release on feeding or speech outcomes, but rates of release have risen dramatically. This preliminary study explored the decision-making process and experience of clients and caregivers who decide to have a tongue-tie release. This online survey yielded 41 respondents. Feeding was the primary reason identified for release in children under age 1, with speech and dental related issues cited for older children and adults. Dentists were most frequently identified as the health care professional who released the tongue-tie. Positive change was noted by most respondents. More than half the respondents indicated that they would approach their decision-making process similarly if faced with the decision again. This survey was limited by its small sample but provides insight into what is guiding the decision to have a tongue-tie released and potential gaps in the information people have when making this decision.