From Around the Web: Dental Visit Leads to Speech Breakthrough for Young Boy
A routine trip to the dentist led to a life-changing outcome for a six-year-old boy from Texas. Mason Motz had always had trouble speaking, but no one knew that the root cause of his speech problem was actually a very treatable condition known as tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia. It’s a condition present at birth in as many as 10% of infants, and it restricts the tongue’s range of motion. His dentist, Dr. Amy Luedemann-Lazar, spotted the issue while she was working on Mason’s cavities. After a simple, 30-second laser procedure, the issue was resolved and the results were heartwarmingly immediate.
Source: CBS This Morning
Publication date: October 4, 2018
6-year-old boy speaks clearly for the first time after dentist discovers he’s tongue-tied
A 6-year-old boy in Texas is finding his voice after a simple procedure on his tongue helped him to speak. The parents of Mason Motz thought their son had trouble communicating because of a developmental disorder. But after a routine trip to the dentist they discovered being tongue-tied is a real and treatable medical condition. Motz's parents Meredith and Dalan say that last year, he could barely speak.
"The beginning of words not the end of words. Really poor enunciation," Meredith told CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca.