Common Signs & Symptoms in Infants, Children, and Adults:


Common Signs & Symptoms in Infants:

  • “Colic”/Excessive Crying/Fussiness
  • Gassiness/arching when nursing or bottle-feeding/gulping air
  • Gagging/choking while eating
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Spitting up excessively/projectile vomiting
  • Hiccups
  • Reflux/silent reflux
  • Sounds congested
  • Nursing abnormally often or long nursing sessions with short breaks but still seems unsatisfied
  • Falling asleep quickly while nursing (fists are closed and baby seems tense)
  • Nursing blister on baby’s lips
  • Breastfeeding issues (not limited to: thrush/milk tongue, clogged ducts, mastitis, bleeding or cracked nipples, vasospasms, “lipstick shape” or flattened nipples after nursing)
  • Oversupply/undersupply
  • Refusal to take breast, bottle, or pacifier
  • Slow weight gain, weight loss, or excessive weight gain
  • Shallow latch or poor latch
  • “Clicking” sound while eating
  • Bobbing or slipping on and off breast
  • Gumming/chewing nipple
  • Upper lip curls inward when latched
  • Milk leaking from mouth while feeding
  • Biting during nursing
  • Premature self-weaning (before 2 years)
  • Unable to hold the pacifier in the mouth
  • Torticollis
  • “Scoot crawling” or not crawling at all and going straight to walking
  • Carseat discomfort/carsickness
  • Sleep issues (apnea, mouth breathing, snoring, or “sleeping hot”)
  • Heart-shaped tongue tip/dent or crease down the center of the tongue
  • Body tension
  • Mouth open at rest
  • Breathing sounds (snoring, snorting)
  • Recessed chin/jaw
  • Burping difficulties
  • Sucking on hands, fists, and fingers
  • Tremors/involuntary movements
  • Sacral dimple/stork bite
  • Mom has depression/anxiety


Common Signs & Symptoms in Children:

  • Speech issues; delay and or lisp
  • Sleep apnea, snoring, night terrors, nightmares, sleep walking, or sleep talking
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids – chronic sinus issues and throat problems
  • Behavioral issues, meltdowns, and ADHD-like symptoms; including ADD/ODD/OCD
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Digestive Issues; constipation, reflux & IBS
  • Choking, vomiting, or gagging on food or liquids
  • Drooling
  • Food falling out of the mouth, using fingers to move food in the mouth, pocketing food in the cheeks, or food getting trapped in gums, palate, or cheeks
  • Picky eating; food and texture aversions
  • Jaw issues, TMJ, or grinding teeth
  • Recessed jaw/chin
  • Malocclusions (overbite, underbite, open bite, overcrowding, crossbite, a gap between front teeth, or bottom teeth angled into an inverted V, etc) or crooked teeth requiring braces
  • High palate
  • “Clumsiness” or affected posture
  • Bedwetting or issues with toilet training
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Chapped lips
  • Dental & oral health issues: cavities, premature decay, and or bad breath
  • Allergies/Eczema/Asthma
  • Venous pooling beneath the eyes – dark circles beneath the eyes
  • Changes in head posture – posturing the head forward and/or tipping the forehead backward
  • Scoliosis and Torticollis
  • Diagnosis of apraxia
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Flat feet
  • Deviated septum
  • Sensory issues
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Trouble sleeping; waking up frequently
  • Tiring easily while speaking or reading aloud/daytime drowsiness
  • Insufficient development of the palate (narrow palate)
  • Difficulty swallowing liquids, food, or pills
  • Delayed or stunted growth
  • Irritability/anger/aggression
  • Difficulty in school (math, science, spelling)
  • Car/motion sickness
  • Often associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome


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Common Physical Signs in Adults:

  • Forward head posture
  • Recessed chin or jaw
  • “Long face syndrome”
  • Gummy smile 
  • Bunions
  • Scoliosis
  • Torticollis
  • Dowager’s hump
  • High or narrow palate
  • “Buck” teeth
  • Overbite, underbite, or open bite
  • Forked or scalloped tongue
  • Crusty or chapped lips
  • “Small” mouth
  • Narrow or misaligned jaws
  • Crooked or crowded teeth/needed braces
  • Premature wrinkles especially around the eyebrows
  • Horizontal wrinkles on Cupid’s bow’s dimple when smiling
  • Smiling with the tongue resting in between teeth
  • Smiling with both upper & lower teeth or lower teeth only
  • Flat feet
  • Deviated septum


Common Symptoms in Adults:

  • Neck, back & facial pain
  • Digestive issues- IBS, constipation, or reflux
  • Allergies and sinus issues
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMJ or clicking in the jaw
  • Grinding teeth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cavities, gum disease, or halitosis
  • Choking on liquids 
  • Drooling while sleeping
  • Swallowing issues (tongue goes forward when swallowing)
  • Food trapping in the palate, gums, or cheeks
  • Issues with food textures
  • Speech difficulties when talking fast, tired, or with small amounts of alcohol
  • Difficulty or pain opening mouth wide
  • Pain or discomfort with kissing
  • Bladder issues
  • Anxiety or always feeling highly strung
  • Pelvic floor issues and diastasis recti
  • Nail-biting
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Car/motion sickness
  • Tinnitus (ear ringing)
  • Facial pain after a long conversation or smiling
  • Difficulty swallowing pills
  • Difficulty with dental x-rays
  • Gagging if brushing or drinking liquids
  • Often associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome


If you suffer from one of the following TMJ symptoms it may be linked to your tongue tie:

Effects of Sleep Apnea Due to Tethered Oral Tissues:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
  • Gastric reflux or heartburn
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Poor memory
  • Loud snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Intermittent breathing stoppages during sleep
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Waking up with a headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hyperactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Napping or Dozing off
  • Irritability & Moodiness
  • Restless Leg Syndrome


Obstructive Sleep Apnea is often caused by underdeveloped jaws:

An obstructed airway may present with the following symptoms:

  • Hypertension
  • Snoring
  • Anxiety
  • Allergies
  • ADHD
  • Headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Obesity
  • Depression Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Aggression
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tooth Loss Associated with Greater Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia


Learn More:

A Beginner’s Guide to Tongue Ties – For All Your Tongue Tie Questions

The Ultimate Guide To Tongue-Ties

An Introduction to Lip Ties – Why It Is a Serious Condition, And What to Do

How Upper Lip Ties Prevent The Hard Palate From Lowering

Pictures of Classification/Types of Lip and Tongue Ties

Breastfeeding Issues That Are Signs of Ties

Is Your Baby a Tether-Berg or a Tether-Floe?

Tongue Ties+Lip Ties; A Hidden Cause of Poor Sleep?

Is Your Baby Tongue-Tied? An Ankyloglossia Bodywork Practitioner May Help

Signs & Symptoms | United States

Step By Step Guide To Checking For Tongue & Lip Ties

Is Your Tongue Causing Your Health Problems?

Tongue-Ties and Sleep Issues (and More!) by Richard Baxter, DMD

Life of a Tongue Tie

Benefits of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Laser Surgery

Tongue Tie from confusion to clarity: Consequences of Untreated Tongue Tie

Consequences of Untreated Tongue Tie March 2019

Understanding The Effects Of Tongue Ties In Adulthood

More than 5 Things About A Tongue-Tie You Didn’t Know by Shirley Gutkowski, RDH

Do Tongue-Ties Go Away? Do They Stretch Out?



“Do I Have A Tongue-Tie?” – 5 dimensions of tongue-tie assessment, Dr. Zaghi – The Breathe Course

Feeding or Swallowing Problems Due to High Palate or Tongue Tie (Discussion of Normal Swallow vs Someone with a Tongue Tie)

The Tongue’s Effect on Craniofacial Development by: Daniel Lopez, D.O.

Assessing The Effects Of A Tongue Tie: Osteopathic Considerations by: Daniel Lopez, D.O.

Los Angeles Chiropractor, Dr. Christine Anderson, interviews El Segunda, CA dentist, Dr. Sandra Calleros, DDS on Lip and Tongue Ties.

Aerophagia Induced Reflux  – “AIR” Associated with Lip and Tongue Tie in Breastfeeding Infants



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