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!

Baby Falling Asleep On Breast? May Be Exhaustion From Difficulty Breastfeeding

Baby’s fall asleep sometimes while breastfeeding. It’s natural to feel tired when their stomach’s are full, after all! However, if a baby is struggling to gain weight or showing other signs of breastfeeding difficulties in conjunction with a frequent “baby falls asleep on breast” scenario then alarm bells should be ringing.

Specifically, the presence of […]

Baby Choking On Milk? It Could Be Tongue Tie Related. Improper Latch Can Introduce Unwanted Air Into the Breastfeeding Process.

For new mothers, seeing their baby choking on milk while breastfeeding can be alarming. And understandably so! Figuring out why the baby is having difficulties and correcting them is of the highest priority.

One possibility that I urge mothers not to overlook is the existence of a tongue tie. As I’ve described in another post, […]

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 […]