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Meet Dr. Chelsea Pinto

As a laser-certified dentist and member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, Dr. Pinto offers in-office laser frenectomy treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast, in addition to treating older children and adults for dental, speech and developmental issues related to tongue restriction.

Dr. Pinto’s interest in helping babies with breastfeeding issues turned into an undeniable passion after having her first son and experiencing her own successful breastfeeding journey. When a mother has breastfeeding problems, she should feel confident and comfortable turning to her established system of medical support for help.

Dr. Pinto is proud to offer a comprehensive approach in her treatment modality, including, myofunctional therapy and breastfeeding support to best address tongue function and how it impacts the rest of the body.

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Tongue Ties

A tongue tie occurs when the thin membrane under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue. All babies are born with some of this tissue, but for approximately 3-15% of newborns, it is so tight that they cannot move their tongues freely –> Learn More

Lip Ties

Many babies with a tongue tie, also have an abnormally tight membrane attaching their upper lip to their upper gums (the labial frenulum). This is called a lip tie. Babies with a lip tie often have difficulty flanging their lips properly to feed and can’t create a proper seal at the breast. Book an appointment!

Impact on Breastfeeding

The mobility of the tongue is very important during breastfeeding, both for the mother and the baby. A baby with a tied tongue may not be able to latch deeply onto the breast, past the nipple onto the areola. This compresses the nipple onto the hard palate in the baby’s mouth, leading to nipple pain and skin breakdown for the mother.  Learn More or Book an Appointment

Signs & Symptoms

Some babies with tongue ties and lip ties are able to attach to the breast and suck well. However, many of these infants have breastfeeding problems. Click the link to find out the most common symptoms amongst infants with tongue and lip ties and their mothers… Learn More 

Diagnosis

Tongues and lips are only considered to be tied if their movement is restricted, impairing mobility. Correct examination of infants requires the infant be placed on the examiners lap with the infant’s head facing the same direction as the person evaluating the infant. Learn More or Book an Appointment

Treatment

Tie revisions (called frenectomies) remove the tissue or tight frenulum under the tongue or upper lip. Dr. Pinto uses a state of the art laser for a safe and quick procedure that allows for greater tongue and lip mobility. Learn More or Book an Appointment


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