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Breast Feeding and Dentistry
If your baby was born with a lip or Tongue tie, it can affect every aspect of his or her overall health. Lip or tongue tie can be interfering, causing nutritional issues, and as your child develops, these problems can interfere with speaking as well. Some common symptoms that may point to the infant being tongue/lip tied include:poor latch/inability to latch,sliding off the nipple,fatigue during feeds,sleepy feeds,poor weight gain,clicking during a feed,maternal nipple pain/damage (can feel like the infant is compressing, chewing, gumming, pinching, scrapping the nipple etc), increased maternal nipple/breast infections,compromised maternal milk supply,dribbling milk at the breast/bottle issues(increased gassiness, reflux due to extra are being swallowed and poor control of the milk during a swallow) and various other feeding-related challenges. If left untreated in the young age, the child can also develop speech problems in the future.
Dr.Naik sees infants as early as a day after birth for the revision of abnormally attached labial frenum or lingual frenum. With the use of laser technology, the procedure is done in the office, thus eliminating the need to place infants in the operating room. We make it a priority to fit in infants right away. Our goal is to support moms and babies with successful breast feeding.
Dr. Naik also works closely with lactation consultants, pediatric chiro practitioners, myofunctional therapists, and Sacro - cranial therapists for a more holistic approach. For more information on Breast Feeding, click on the link --> www.nbci.ca
The advent of lasers has helped us to expand dental procedures into the non-invasive realm. Beams of light can repair many of the problems that required knives and picks in the past. We use the laser for soft tissue surgeries such as frenectomy (infants and children), tooth exposure, gum surgery, mucocele removal etc. With laser, there is less post-operative pain and quicker healing.
Pre-Surgery(10 week old)
Post-Surgery(10 week old)
If your baby was born with a lip or tongue tie, it can affect every aspect of his or her overall health. Lip or tongue tie can interfere with nursing and eating, causing nutritional issues, and as your child develops, these problems can interfere with speaking as well.
Dr.Naik sees infants as early as a day after birth for the revision of abnormally attached labial frenum or lingual frenum and the procedure is done in the office. We make it a priority to fit in infants right away. Our goal is to support moms and babies with successful breast feeding.
For more information on Breast Feeding, click on the link --> www.nbci.ca
Pre-Surgery(10 month old)
Post-Surgery(2 year old)
Labial frenectomy is done on a child at 10 months of age. As seen patient has a very low and thick labial frenum causing blanching and limited mobility of the upper lip resulting in difficulty for mom to brush teeth. The child would cry because the frenum would bleed and cause pain while brushing. Mom also could not nurse the child as an infant.There was spacing between the teeth and also one tooth was pulled in a wrong position because of the tension from the frenum.
post surgery- the tension from the thick frenum was released and helped the teeth erupt in a good position.
Pre-Surgery(10 year old)
Post-Surgery(10 year old)
Posterior tongue tie (10-year-old healthy male diagnosed with posterior tongue tie. A patient received speech therapy at age 4 and still has lisping. A patient could not lift his tongue to the roof of the mouth, has speech issues and had difficulty eating certain kinds of food like licking ice-cream). Mom notices the patient is able to pronounce words better.
Dr. Naik also has expertise in other Pediatric surgical procedures
Pre-Surgery (5 year old)
2 week Post-Surgery
(photo taken by a parent)
Mucolcele removal on a 5-year-old boy done in the office. Mucocele is the retention of Saliva in the lips mainly caused due to the Minor Salivary duct obstruction which forms into a bulb-like swelling in the lower lip.
Pre-Surgery(15 year old)
(still healing in the interdental papilla)
Gingivectomy (gum surgery) done on a healthy 15-year-old. A patient complained of bleeding and painful gums and has heavy calculus build up causing inflammation and gingival hypertrophy. A meticulous oral hygiene regimen planned to help maintain the gingival health. A patient can't stop smiling now!!!