Alabama – July 13, 2018 – Good news for parents and healthcare providers struggling with how to treat tongue-tie issues in newborns through adults. Alabama-based leading pediatric dentist and laser surgeon Dr. Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, just launched a new book on Amazon that demystifies the commonly misunderstood problem of tongue-tie and explains how this condition can be treated safely, comprehensively and comfortably.
The book, Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Feeding, Speech, and More, is the FIRST-of-its-kind exhaustive guide on this misunderstood affliction, and details 21st-century assessment techniques and treatment options for tethered oral tissues. The groundbreaking book is a collaborative effort of 8 specialists from different disciplines, including a speech therapist, dentist, feeding therapist, myofunctional therapist, occupational therapist, pediatrician and a chiropractor. The experts who contributed to this book are bound by the common mission of educating the medical, dental, allied health communities and parents about this common, yet misunderstood medical issue.
Newborns struggling with tongue-tie usually suffer from multiple problems, including issues with nursing, reflux and colic, while toddlers and older children have issues with eating, speaking and even sleep. The medical condition can significantly affect a child’s well-being and self-esteem. Adults suffering from a tongue-tie also struggle with shoulder and neck pain, migraines, headaches, sleep and speech troubles.
“The medical condition of tongue-tie affects a number of things, in both kids and adults alike,” explained Dr. Baxter. “Although the problem had been present since Biblical times, the condition is largely misunderstood. As a pediatric dentist, I often have parents asking me why they’ve never heard of this condition if it is so common and can affect so many different things. Their questions inspired me to start this project with a team of medical specialists from different disciplines to demystify the problem and extend effective insights and treatment options to treat the condition safely and successfully. And thus, Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Feeding, Speech, and More was born.”
The new book introduces a team-focused, balanced approach to address tethered oral tissues successfully with the latest insights and treatment options. Dr. Baxter and his esteemed team of specialists describe in detail effective treatment modalities and therapies for tongue-tie to empower healthcare providers with the best and safest treatment solution for their patients suffering from this common condition (which affects an estimated 10% of the population). The book begins with a history of tongue-ties, covers both assessment and treatment options, and offers real-life success stories of patients to inspire the readers.
“This book explains the proper diagnosis and treatment techniques for the condition of tongue-tie in modern times, which, if treated properly, will help to release tethered oral tissues with the least discomfort and the greatest benefit,” Dr. Baxter said. “The treatment and therapies we have discussed here have shown improvements in nursing, bottle-feeding, and reflux for babies; speaking, sleep, and feeding in kids; and reduction of dental woes, headaches and pain in both adults and children.”
Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Feeding, Speech, and More has already been highly acknowledged by experts in the field.
Having examined and treated newborns to adults with oral restrictions since the early 1980s, I have never seen such a complete and thorough study of the subject. Dr. Baxter has covered it all! His own personal experience was a great motivator to make this book a must-read for parents, physicians, dentists, lactation consultants, and therapists of all kinds.
– Greg Notestine, DDS, AAACD
Founding Member and Past Director, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP)
Tongue-Tied is a revolutionary resource for parents, patients, and professionals alike. Such a detailed, comprehensive, and research-based resource has not existed until now! As a speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist, this will be on the top shelf of my library and will be a resource I recommend to my colleagues, patients, and students. Thank you for filling this gap!
– Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM
Founder, TOTS Training
About the author:
Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist and laser surgeon based in Birmingham, Alabama. The founder of Shelby Pediatric Dentistry and Alabama Tongue-Tie Center, he utilizes the advanced CO2 laser to treat oral restrictions that cause nursing, dental, sleep, speaking and feeding issues. He had a tongue-tie himself and his twin daughters were born with the same problem. Thus, for him, the battle with tongue-ties is a personal one, and he is seeking to educate the parents and providers alike about the latest treatment modalities to treat the problem safely and successfully.
For more information and to purchase the book, please visit Amazon.