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on tongue- and lip-ties.

You want the very best for the patients you serve, so when you suspect a problem you were never trained to solve, like a tongue- or lip-tie, it’s frustrating. 

This book will help you:



Learn to recognize signs of an oral
restriction (even those that are hidden).


Know precisely what to do
when you suspect a problem.


Explore what it would take to
treat patients in your practice.

Here’s what you’ll find inside.

An exhaustive and informative guide to a misunderstood condition.


  • Chapter 1: What Is a Tongue-Tie, Anyway?
  • Chapter 2: It’s Complicated—The Misunderstood Tongue-Tie

Section 1: Nursing

  • Chapter 3: Tongue-Ties and Babies
  • Chapter 4: The Role of the Lactation Consultant
  • Chapter 5: The Release Provider’s Assessment
  • Chapter 6: Compassionate Care
  • Chapter 7: Releasing a Tongue-Tie
  • Chapter 8: After the Procedure
  • Chapter 9: The Research

Section 2: Feeding

  • Chapter 10: A Brief Overview of Feeding
  • Chapter 11: Liquid Feeding (Bottles, Cups, and Straws)
  • Chapter 12: Purees
  • Chapter 13: Solids
  • Chapter 14: Evaluation, Release, and Aftercare for Children
  • Chapter 15: The Research

Section 3: Speech

  • Chapter 16: How Do We Produce Speech?
  • Chapter 17: Tongue-Ties and Speech
  • Chapter 18: The Research

Section 4: More Issues

  • Chapter 19: Tonsils, Adenoids, and Tubes, Oh My!
  • Chapter 20: Sleep and Airway Issues
  • Chapter 21: Dental Issues
  • Chapter 22: Additional Associations with Tongue-Tie
  • Chapter 23: Myofunctional Therapy
  • Chapter 24: Chiropractic Care
  • Chapter 25: Bodywork, Neurodevelopment, and TummyTime!
  • Chapter 26: Adults

Section 5: What Now?

  • Chapter 27: Choosing a Provider
  • Chapter 28: Conclusions and Best Practices
  • Chapter 29: Case Studies
  • Chapter 30: Next Steps For Professionals

What experts are saying.

Greg Notestine, DDS

Founding Member and Past Director, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP)

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.

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

Author of Adventures in Veggieland and co-author of Raising a Healthy Happy Eater

How refreshing to have a resource for parents and professionals based on clinical expertise and current research! Tongue-Tied is a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to the influence of tethered oral tissues on both speech and feeding development.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Pioneer of Laser Lip- and Tongue-Tie Surgery

As a surgical specialist and clinical researcher in the area of tethered oral tissues for close to 20 years, I have been waiting for a comprehensive text of this subject. Tongue-Tied is both a welcome addition and long overdue. It should serve as a concise guide for professionals as well as families seeking further knowledge.

Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM

Founder of TOTS Training

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.

Larry Kotlow, DDS

Pioneer and World-Renowned Expert on Tethered Oral Tissues

There can be no greater feeling than to see that I have been able to stimulate individuals like Dr. Baxter to add to the body of knowledge needed to educate the healthcare community as well as parents on the need to have tethered oral tissues evaluated for the many potential problems related to the tongue.

Martin A. Kaplan, DMD, DABLS

Pediatric Dentist and Director of Laser Dental Surgery for the American Board of Laser Surgery

Dr. Baxter and his co-authors have done a remarkable job of tying together all of the current information on tethered oral tissues and their health impact in one place. This publication is the missing link and will help all of us who are involved in comprehensive patient care from newborns through underdiagnosed adults.

Author: Richard Baxter

Dr. Baxter is the author of Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More and the founder and owner of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center and Shelby Pediatric Dentistry. He is a nationally-recognized speaker on tongue-ties.

In addition, Dr. Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist, Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Baxter attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where he graduated at the top of his class. In order to receive a specialty certification in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Baxter attended the residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Tara, who is a nurse practitioner, their twins, Hannah and Noelle, and infant Molly. Since he had a tongue-tie himself, and all three of his daughters were treated for tongue- and lip-ties at birth, this field is a personal one.


Megan Musso, MA, CCC-SLP


Megan Musso is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and the founder and owner of Magnolia Pediatric Therapy in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Since receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University, she has pursued her passion for pediatric feeding and early intervention. Megan specializes in treating feeding disorders in infants and children with tethered oral tissues, medically fragile infants, adolescents with special needs, and normally developing children. In her spare time, Megan enjoys a good cup of coffee, traveling with her husband, and coaching track and field at Barbe High School.

Lauren Hughes, MS, CCC-SLP


Lauren Hughes is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of Expressions Pediatric Therapy in Birmingham, AL. She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has pursued training to further her understanding of feeding, oral motor, speech, and language disorders to provide the best quality services for her clients. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, spending time with friends, watching good movies, and traveling to new places.

Lisa Lahey, RN, IBCLC


Lisa has worked in maternal/child health as a registered nurse and lactation consultant for 22 years. An IBCLC for 19 years, Lisa has a special interest in tethered oral tissues and myofunctional therapy, and completed many trainings and courses. Not only does she provide lactation consults and holistic modalities for complex breastfeeding issues in her private practice, Advanced Breastfeeding Care, but she also provides myofunctional assessment and therapy to babies, children and adults in a functional orthodontic office in Indianapolis, IN. Lisa co-teaches an IBCLC Master Class on tie assessment and oral rehabilitation. She enjoys traveling with her husband and her five children to National Parks to unplug and enjoy nature.

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, NBCR, CST, CIMI, RYT200


Michelle is a neonatal/pediatric occupational therapist, national board certified reflexologist, certified craniosacral therapist, certified infant massage instructor, and a registered yoga teacher specializing in the precrawling infant. For 17 years, she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in both inpatient/NICU and outpatient/development. During this time, Michelle developed the TummyTime!™ Method (TTM) to address infant motor challenges. She travels extensively, teaching, mentoring and certifying professionals in her method, as well as collaborating and co-teaching with other tethered oral tissues (TOTs) professionals. She shares her expertise as a member of the teaching staff for the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and is in full-time private practice, evaluating and treating babies with cranial nerve dysfunction (CND), TOTs and oral motor/developmental concerns. Michelle lives in Cincinnati with her two high school-age daughters and her son, who is in college.

Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM


Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM (board-certified orofacial myologist) consults, lectures, and writes articles on orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and how they impact overall health and sleep. Paula offers a unique perspective on time-proven oral rest posture principles combined with evidenced-based science to assist her patients in achieving myofunctional goals and functional breathing. She operates Paula Fabbie, LLC, where she provides myofunctional services.

Marty Lovvorn, DC


Dr. Marty Lovvorn is the founder and lead Gonstead doctor of Precision Chiropractic of Alabama. Dr. Lovvorn is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S.) and Life University (D.C.). He is dedicated to specializing in the world-renowned Gonstead Technique and focuses on pediatric development, pregnancy and prenatal care, athletic injury recovery, and adult health. He is passionate about making a lasting impact through the education and application of principled chiropractic care. Dr. Lovvorn, his wife, and two children live in Birmingham, AL, where they enjoy outdoor recreational activities and family time.

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Common, yet little understood, tethered oral tissues can lead to a myriad of problems infants, children, and adults, including difficulty when nursing, speaking, or eating. As a professional who cares, you want to help. This book gives you a running start.

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