Q:

What is the flap of skin that is under a person's tongue?

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The flap of skin under a person's tongue is called the frenulum. The frenulum is a mucous membrane that is in the shape of a "V."

Babies often have a condition called tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, that restricts the range of the tongue's motion with a shortened frenulum. This is not a serious condition, but it can make breastfeeding tough on a mother and newborn. The shortened shape of the frenulum makes it difficult for the baby to latch on and stick his or her tongue out. Treatment of this condition involves a short surgical procedure shortly after birth. The tongue and frenulum will be fully developed at 4 weeks of age.


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