As many as 5% of all babies born in the United States have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. This condition can cause a plethora of problems for both babies (difficulty transferring milk, lack of growth) and their mothers (sore or cracked nipples, mastitis, and low milk supply). Babies with tongue-ties can be erroneously labelled as “lazy nurses,” “stubborn feeders' or as “failures to thrive.” They may also be erroneously diagnosed with GI problems, when all that is needed is a simple 30-second frenectomy to release the tongue-tie, the result of which is to restore the baby's ability to efficiently feed.
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Using state of art technology such as laser therapy we are able to safety and quickly relieve tongue and lip-ties. Dr. Zavras is certified by the American Dental Laser Institute in the use of dental lasers and have extensive experience in performing laser-assisted dental surgeries. Dr. Zavras often lecture regularly about the use of lasers in Dentistry and enjoy teaching young dentists how to use them efficiently and safely. Dr. Zavras also serve as the Laser Safety Officer of the Boston University Dental School and I am member of the University-wide Sub-Committee on Dental Laser Safety.
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