Breastfeeding Health « Kim Pediatric Dentistry

Breastfeeding Health

Oral Anatomy May Prevent Breastfeeding

Many mothers are unable to breast feed their newborn babies because of two oral problems

  • abnormal maxillary lip tie
  • ankyloglossia (tongue tie)

Symptoms and Sequelae of Breastfeeding Difficulties


  • Painful breastfeeding (bleeding, bruised, cracked nipples)
  • Engorgement leading to mastitis
  • Thrush
  • Quality and quantity of milk supply could be affected
  • Emotional distress and fatigue


  • Failure to thrive (low weight gain)
  • Premature weaning
  • Reflux
  • Flatulence

Dental Lasers

We use a dental laser to surgically release tongue and lip ties.

Laser is an acronym, “Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation.”

It is a highly focused beam of light that emits non-ionizing radiation. The dental laser may be used to surgically release tongue and lip ties.

Advantages of the Dental Laser

  • Quick, precise surgery
  • Bactericidal
  • Reduces post-operative swelling,pain, and infection
  • Minimal bleeding and scaring
  • Procedure does not require sedation or hospitalization of the infant
Office Hours
Monday:8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M  (Kailua Office)
Tuesday:8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M  (Kaneohe Office)
Wednesday:8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M  (Kailua Office)
Thursday:8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M  (Kaneohe Office)
Friday:8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M  (Kailua Office)
Saturday:Closed - Except Emergencies
Sunday:8:00 A.M - 1:00 P.M  (Kailua Office)

Kailua Office (808) 261-5354

Kaneohe Office (808) 235-3434