Signs of Tethered Oral Tissues in Teeth (AKA Tongue Ties and Lip Ties)

adult tongue and lip tie

I’ve had the idea for this blog post in my head for awhile. I thought it was about time to explain what I have had medical and dental experts show me and tell me about signs of tethered oral tissues. Knowing what these things look like and why they exist has been…interesting. I instantly can scan a person’s face and get a pretty good idea of what’s going on behind their lips and under their tongues. Bizarre, I know.

First of all, yes, I had braces as a teenager, so even with major interventions, my teeth are still having these issues because of the forces that the tethered oral tissues place on them. So, with the photos above as examples, here’s what I’m talking about:

1) Gap in front teeth- This one is pretty obvious, but I don’t have a picture of it because a) My gap is being held together by bars and b) I broke the upper lip tissue at some point when I was little and it no longer goes down as far as it used to. A gap in the front teeth is not normal. It is possible to remove the extra tissue on the top lip and between the front teeth and to get the teeth to grow together. How do I know? My daughter’s front teeth are perfectly together now.

2) Receding gumlines- I apologize to Periodontists in advance, but oral tethers in the lower lip and cheek will lead to gum recession. Some people even need to have very painful gum surgery to help prevent bad, bad things from happening to their teeth. Those little pieces of tissue pull on the gums, and over time the tissue can recede.

3) Crease above lip when smiling- When someone has a tongue tie and has difficulties swallowing, they have to tongue-thrust to be able to swallow. Want to see a baby have to tongue-thrust to swallow?

Over time, this leads to an overbite. (I think. Is that an overbite that I have?) Anyway, I think that when the teeth get pushed outward over time, when someone who has to tongue-thrust to swallow smiles, their lip slides too far up, and the angle of the teeth causes the lip to crease. That’s my theory anyway.

4) Front teeth being pulled inward- This is something that I see on adults as well as kids; in children, the teeth can be pulled inward quite dramatically. If I had been perfect about wearing a retainer over the last 20 years, maybe my bottom teeth wouldn’t be getting pulled inward, but the force of the tether under my tongue did affect the teeth. I’ve seen people with very tight restrictions under their tongues have very, very crooked front teeth.

There are also things that are very evident with tongues when there is a tongue tie/ tethered oral tissues. However, my tongue is not a good example, so a later post will cover that info.

Warmly,

Veronica

Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. I am an educator, so this information is from research, discussion with other professionals, and personal observations. This information is not meant to diagnose or treat any conditions. 

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Cesarean rates in US

The CDC has crunched the numbers, and the preliminary data for Cesarean rates in 2014 were published last week. There was a good amount of good news; as ACOG put forth their recommendations for the safe prevention of primary cesarean in March 2014, cesarean rates did, in fact, go down. Many thanks as always to Jill from cesareanrates.com for this info. (And if, like me, you’re forever grateful to all the work she’s done in the arena of maternity care advocacy, you can thank her with a monetary contribution. Ahem.)

In 2013, Cesarean rates for the US were 32.7% for total cesareans, and 26.8% for low-risk pregnancies; in 2014, the US preliminary total cesarean rate was 32.2% and 26% for low-risk births. Minnesota does better than the US average. in 2013, Minnesota’s total cesarean rate was 26.9% and 21.3% for the low-risk cesarean rate. Those numbers were 26.5% and 21.1% in 2014. So, yes, progress! YAY!

I’d like to think that increased transparency is helping move these numbers in the right direction. In fact, a study done at the University of Minnesota that was published this month showed that public reporting improves outcomes. And while I love, love, love the push from organizations and nonprofits to pull together information on outcomes and costs, it’s critical for providers to get asked about outcomes by the parents who are coming to them for care, and then parents need to be able to make a thoughtful, deliberate decision based off of that information that’s in the best interest of both mom and baby.

If you’re curious about who has the highest and lowest cesarean rates….well, check it out:

Highest 2014 total cesarean rates

1) Louisiana – 38.4%

2) Mississippi- 37.7%

3) New Jersey- 37.4%

4) Florida- 37.2%

5) Alabama- 35.4%

Lowest 2014 total cesarean rates

1) Utah- 22.3%

2 ) Alaska- 23.7%

3) New Mexico- 23.8%

4) Idaho- 24.2%

5) Hawaii- 24.6%

I’d love to add some information to this about costs, etc. I’ll see how the week goes; maybe I can pull some more into this information.

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Real Mom Confessions: June 17th

Real Mom Confessions

I’m getting this week’s post done in the morning done in the afternoon because, my word do I have a lot to confess. I also think it’s important, as a woman who runs one of my own businesses, co-owns another, and is one of two directors for a non-profit to show that my work life balance isn’t perfect, I don’t always have the easy answers, and I screw up. So here ya go, everyone.

  • I taught all day Saturday, had one day off, and have class every night this week until Friday. My kids are very, very, very upset with me, and understandably so. I usually am home at least two weeknights at the very minimum, but this week kind of turned into a mess schedule-wise as I transition away from a few classes and add in a few new ones into the rotation. There have been a lot of tears every night as I leave, something I haven’t had to deal with since they were tiny. I kind of feel bad, but I also know that in the scheme of things that they do get a lot of time with me normally.
  • I put the kids into an all-week, all-day vacation Bible School for the week. I know they are having WAY more fun than they would have being at home, but I also feel kind of like I am pawning them off on other people so I can work.  They have school next week, too. So while part of me is like, yay, I have things figured out for childcare, we don’t like to have the kids in too many activities at once and I’m worried we’ve crossed that line.
  • My son had a full-blown panic attack about getting into a car without a booster seat. Being a Child Passenger Safety Technician totally backfired on me for once.
  • I bought groceries for dinner this week, but I totally screwed up not realizing I wouldn’t be home to cook dinner all. darn. week. Don’t ask what my sweet husband has to make for dinner tonight or tomorrow.
  • I gave my daughter hew own fish and her own aquarium over the weekend. The fish died last night. I was late to a meeting last night because she called me all in tears and I had to pull off of the road to console her. I’m getting the water checked today and maybe getting her another fish if I get the go ahead.
  • I finally got my mom’s birthday present ordered yesterday. Her birthday was Monday. I texted her on her birthday, but did not call her. At all. Still.

I’m keeping my head above water, mostly. But can I ask one thing? If you’re reading this, can you please make sure you’re paying attention while you’re driving? My daughter heard me say some really not good things on Sunday after having MULTIPLE drivers start to switch lanes without looking and almost hit us.

Put down the phone. It can wait.

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Real Mom Confessions: June 10th

Real Mom Confessions

OK, everyone. Day 3 of summer vacation down, and I’m done. The kids are bored with EVERYTHING, including the new kiddie pool in the back yard. What’s even more pathetic is this is my first day of trying to work and watch them; my MIL took care of them on Monday and my fabulous husband took care of them yesterday. By 9am today, I was done. We did get through the day. Mostly. But here’s the rest of the story from this week:

1) We have a Minnesota Historical Society membership, thanks to the kids’ aunt and uncle (and by that I mean my college roommate and her husband, but the kids adore them so whatever), so last Saturday we went to the Kelly Farm up in Elk River. My daughter was SO ANGRY for the first 30 minutes or so we were here because she was convinced she was going to hate it. Instead, she and I got caught up helping them make butter, chasing lambs, playing with the piglets, and making butter some more. My husband and son did their own thing. There was a lamb who was nursing, but had started to develop Failure to Thrive, so he was being bottle fed. I got to help feed him, which was messy, but fun. As we left, the angry pre-teen daughter reemerged. Sigh.

2) We got the kids a non-smart (read: hipster) cell phone a few months ago, and my son has taking to calling my mom on it very day. The only issue? When he’s done, he tells her he has to go, and he hangs up. No goodbyes, nothing. We had to talk phone etiquette yesterday. That did not go well.

3) They just announced a Raffi concert in town in November. My kids won’t go, so I’m threatening to take someone else’s kids. So if you don’t want to go, but your kids would….all I ask is a ticket in return. Bonus? I’ll teach you how to install your kids’ carseats in my minivan.

4) My kids are out of clean underwear.

5) I can’t do library books. My kids have a GIGANTIC collection of books, but they are from the thrift store. If I check out library books, no matter what I do, I lose track of time and I end up with huge late fees. The kids are out of new books. A visit to Arc’s is in our near future.

Next week should have a new set of VBS-inspired challenges. I’ll make sure to share them here. And no, you’re not the only one treading water. We can get through this.

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Summer Baby Safety

Summer Baby Safety

Today is our very first 90 degree day of the year, so it’s time to get everyone up to date on the things you need to know to keep your baby safe.

No water for newborns 

Your baby should ONLY be given breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months. Nothing else. Water can actually be dangerous; their kidneys aren’t able to get rid of the excess water and it can make babies very ill. And really, we take access to safe water for granted (BIG TIME). Even some things in the water supply that an adult body can handle, a newborn’s body can’t.

Nurse that baby!

When the weather gets warmer, don’t be surprised if your little one has more frequent feedings. We get thirsty more often, and your baby does too. So watch your baby for cues and listen to what he’s trying to tell you: It’s hot and he’s thirsty. It’s OK. It won’t spoil your baby.

Stay in the shade

The AAP cautions against using sunscreen on babies under the age of 6 months. Their skin isn’t mature enough to handle it. Get a hat that allows for decent ventilation with an SPF and use an umbrella or anything else to make sure you avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Cover that car seat

If you’ve been through at least one summer with kids, you’ll know this, but it’s still important to repeat: Car seats get very hot in the sun. Kids and babies alike try to avoid getting burned (smart kids!). While your car is sitting out in the sun, cover the car seat with a thick blanket to keep it from getting too hot.

Rethink the beach

Here in Minnesota, in the land of lots of lakes, going to the beach in the summer seems like a birthright. Yeah, not so fast. While nobody is claiming that lakes should be squeaky-clean, the reality is that our lakes aren’t very clean. The Minnesota Department of Health has a wonderful set of resources to help you figure out if your favorite spot is safe, but again– what we can tolerate as adults can easily make babies and toddlers sick. Stick to the pool instead.

Nobody wants to miss out on our precious summer days because of injury or illness. Any other summer safety concerns? Let me know!

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Real Mom Confessions: June 3rd

Real Mom Confessions

Hey. Hi! Welcome to June. While I got a chance to snuggle with lots of itsy bitsy babies this week, they didn’t distract me from the insanity that’s been my life as a mom of 2 school age munchkins. One thing I can’t emphasize enough? As parents, you will always have to make tough decisions about your kids. Birth is just the beginning, you guys.

I have a preteen who hates me in one breath, and can’t get enough love from me in the next. I can be doing her hair in the morning while she cries about both putting up her hair and leaving it down; she will hate both options and her inability to choose leads to a crisis of epic proportions.

So, dear moms, here’s what I need to confess this week:

  • My biggest weakness as a mom is that my kids haven’t ever taken proper swimming lessons. It’s literally the only thing I feel guilty about. This summer isn’t very likely to change that; not because I don’t want to figure out how to make them work, but my kids are, for some reason, throwing huge fits about taking swimming lessons.
  • Yesterday I was at my breaking point with figuring out summer, trying to make sure the kids have good educational opportunities for next year, and advocating for some things on the state level. It got so bad that I had to tell the kids that I needed to be left alone before I had a complete breakdown. I was ready to snap; thankfully, I didn’t snap.
  • We are a full load of dishes behind this week. I’ve gotten very good at washing my hands in the perfect place so that water cascades down the piles of dirty dishes and stays in the sink rather than spilling all over the counter.
  • I was so thankful that it was rainy today. We have a rule in my house: movies are for rainy days and sick days. Thank goodness today was a rainy day; the kids stayed entertained with Despicable Me 2 while I fielded half a dozen phone calls.
  • I fed the family spinach patties for dinner.
  • I have been so busy that I ran out of Sertraline refills and have yet to find time to fix the situation. Big huge FAIL in the mental health and self-care category, but at least I’m doing miles better than I was last year and actually seeing a therapist weekly. I’ll get the refill soon, though.

There ya go. See? I’m not the perfect mom or the perfect person. I’m breathlessly waiting for the weekend, for the full moon to pass, and for everything to fall into place. If you need even more reassurance, head on over to check out Anna’s, the creator of #RealMomConfessions, confessions.

Warmly,

Veronica

 

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Summer Workshops: VBACs, Sibling Prep, and Pregnancy After Loss

We’re kicking off this summer with a set of workshops presented by the various providers here at BabyLove. We’ve chosen some common topics, like sibling preparation, and some not so common ones, like Pregnancy after Loss. All of them have low registration fees, and we’d love to have you join us. Tell your friends and family, too! Workshops currently listed include:

  • Your Growing Family: Preparing parents and siblings for the birth of a new baby, Wednesday, June 24th 6pm-7pm; $10/ family
  • Make & Take “Coping Box” Activity, Thursday, June 25 10am-12pm; $3.50/ child
  • Make & Take workshop: Summery essential oils products, Wednesday, July 8at 7:00pm – 8:00pm; $7-$10
  • After a Cesarean (or two): VBAC versus a repeat cesarean, Wednesday, July 22nd 6pm-7:30pm; $10/ family
  • Another Beginning: Pregnancy after loss, Wednesday, August 12th 6pm-7:30pm; $10/family
  • Self Care for Moms, Wednesday, September 16th 6pm-7:30pm; $10

For more information and links to register, visit the workshop page.

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.