About Dr. Chelsea Pinto, DDS

Dr. Chelsea Pinto is based in Los Angeles, CA. Dentistry is constantly evolving, and she incorporates the latest cosmetic techniques and state-of-the-art technology to provide her patients with the best modern dentistry has to offer! Visit DrChelseaPinto.com to book an appointment today!

Struggling With Breastfeeding? The Reason Why May Surprise You.

Moms that I talk to having difficulty breastfeeding may be first surprised to discover that their infant is tongue tied. This feeling of surprise is typically followed by relief: they may finally have some answers to explain the past weeks (if not months) spent without achieving breastfeeding success even with lactation consultant support. The presence of an overly taut lingual […]

Ankyloglossia Explained: What Exactly Is A Tongue Tie?

What Is A Lingual Frenulum?
The lingual frenulum is a small fold of mucous membrane that extends from the floor of the mouth to the midline of the underside of the tongue.

Find your own lingual frenulum by looking in the mirror, opening you mouth, and stretching your tongue towards the palate. See the whitish cord […]

Lip Tie: How It Can Cause Breastfeeding Issues and What Can Be Done About It

There is plenty of confusion out there about the difference between a lip tie and a tongue tie. So, let’s clear it up!
What Is A Lip Tie?
We all are born with a frenulum connecting our upper lip to the upper gum. However, some infants are born with a lip frenulum that is very thick, short […]

Lingual Frenectomy – It’s Not That Scary! Here is Why The Benefits Outweigh the Risks

When confronted with the idea of possibly needing to allow a complete stranger to cut inside of your baby’s mouth, many mothers get nervous. That’s okay! It’s perfectly reasonable to be intimidated by the term “lingual frenectomy.”

However, the reality is that a lingual frenectomy is a very safe, non-intrusive, and relatively painless procedure. I […]

Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions : The Most Common Issues I See and What You Can Do About Them

I’ve spoken with mothers having all types of breastfeeding issues during my consultations and one thing is clear: every situation is unique. There are plenty of reasons mothers and their infants can experience breastfeeding difficulties… it is not reasonable to blame any one factor alone.

This post will cover the most common breastfeeding problems and solutions. While […]

Lactation Consultant versus Dentist : Which One Do You Need?

When faced with breastfeeding issues, many mothers I meet are surprised to learn that seeing their dentist (me!) is a logical first step to resolving those concerns rather than first seeking a referral from their pediatrician. I work closely with a number of reputable lactation consultants in my community and receive many patient referrals […]

Laser Frenectomy : What To Ask Your Dentist, What To Expect, and Frequently Asked Questions

When mothers are confronted with the fact that their infant may need a lingual frenectomy in order to remove an overly taut lingual frenelum, a frequent question is: should I go with a provider who can perform a laser frenectomy or are scissors okay?

It is an understandable question and I’ll do my best to […]

Tongue Tied Infants – My Process For Determining If Your Baby Has A Tongue Tie And Needs A Lingual Frenectomy

If you’ve experienced common breastfeeding problems with your infant including the inability for him/her to latch properly, not feeding enough, fussiness during breastfeeding and painful nipples… you could be the mother of a tongue tied infant! Not to worry. As I’ve written in other posts, a tongue tie can be removed by a procedure called […]

Baby Losing Weight? Inadequate Breastfeeding Could Be To Blame and How A Dentist Can Help

Baby losing weight? There are a multitude of reasons why this may be the case. Inadequate breastfeeding is often the culprit. The exact breastfeeding problem can be tougher to pinpoint, however.

The inability for an infant to get adequate sustenance during breastfeeding may be due to inadequate tongue mobility caused by a tongue tie. For more information on […]

What Does A Tongue Tie Look Like?

Being tongue tied is not simply a nervous stutter or embarrassing lisp; it is an actual restriction of the movement of the tongue caused by a short lingual frenum, the whitish cord underneath the tongue. This condition is also called “ankyloglossia”.

There is much misinformation and confusion surrounding tongue ties, so continue reading to properly […]