Interview About Tongue Tied Book with Dr. Richard Baxter [Podcast 55]

How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More

In this episode, I’m excited to have with us Dr. Richard Baxter, author of the relatively new book, Tongue Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More

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In this 60 minute interview, find out:

  • What is tongue tie? What are some other names for it?
  • What are some common misconceptions about this condition?
  • Why and how does it develop? 
  • Is there an increase in incidence or are we picking up more?
  • How does it negatively affect breastfeeding?
  • How can it be detected and treated?
  • What’s the research supporting this?
  • How can tongue tie affect speech and swallowing?
  • How is tongue tie connected to large tonsils and adenoids?
  • What about sleep apnea?
  • How is it related to dental problems?
  • What other complementary therapies are helpful when treating tongue tie?
  • How can I find the right practitioner to treat my/child’s tongue tie?
  • What’s the best method/tool to use for release?
  • Where can we find more information about you and your practice?
  • Where can people find your book?

Show Notes

Tongue Tied book

Dr. Brian Palmer


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3 thoughts on “Interview About Tongue Tied Book with Dr. Richard Baxter [Podcast 55]

  1. Dr Park—

    Thank you AGAIN Dr Park for your wonderful commitment to the health of your patients– you are a Godsend! I listened to this podcast 3 x– I got Dr Baxter’s Audible version of his Tongue Tied book and am almost thru it. This is ME!
    It is funny– how I found out last week– I was at my DDS who I guess has recently been thru some training. He told me I have tongue tie, and said it could cause a cascade of symptoms. I went home and searched “OSA tongue tie”– and this page popped up. Somehow I missed your email on it.
    What a great service you both are doing– I am firmly convinced there should be a law here every newborn should be checked. I have a lip tie as well as a pronounced posterior tongue tie– and know this is why I could not nurse– my poor Mom was in pain and toughed it out for 6 weeks before she gave up and put me on the bottle. I sure missed out on the immune benefits of nursing– I also have CVID. It makes so much sense that the progression of poor growth of the airway creating a smaller cranium (I had a deviated septum by age 12), the attention deficit issues with the sleep disordered breathing– as evidenced by bed wetting till age 10. Which progressed for years with TMJ and and bruxing my bite down further till I had severe sleep apnea which went untreated for 14 years after my bed partner reported I had GERD/choking symptoms. And here I am at 64 sleeping upright and with a CP bar because of the GERD— still not feeling rested despite and AHI of under 1.
    So– it is fascinating how the MTHFR SNP plays into this, and that Tongue tie starts about 6 weeks into pregnancy. My Mom was so morningsick with me she said she was in bed for 3 months eating crackers! No wonder. Hopefully, in the future we will be able to educate the public about the need for ALL the B vitamins– that deficiencies are linked to morning sickness– and that pregnant women are told not to drink because of Methylation defects– to bring more of a focus on why it is so critical to get a good start in life, and the consequences of not doing so. I would bet if your audience were to do the new genetic testing that Dr Ben Lynch has coming w/ Dr Robert Naviaux– get Dr Lynch’s “Dirty Genes” book, and Strategene Report– they would find that they have several SNP’s that will paint a more complete picture of what begins the epigenetic cascade into OSA. Mutations in the Vitamin D Receptor gene as well– like you and Dr Stasha Gominak talked about. I’ll bet NOS is in there, too. That is what is on my report– plus more.
    I am stunned at the providers I have been to that have looked at my mouth and jaw and neck pain– that should have known about tongue tie but missed it– people you have interviewed. This needs to be taught to every healthcare professional.
    Thanks Dr Park and Dr Baxter– great work– you are heros in my book!
    Thank you AGAIN!
    PS— Dr Gominak had a great interview w/ Mike Mutzel where she commented about how kids that wet the beds do not produce antidiruretic hormone. They never get enough REM sleep— they have growth issues and never fully sexually mature. This was me. Love to hear more about this and I am sure parents would to. This entire conversation needs to be front and center for any kids with Autism, ADDD, ADHD, etc.