Ankyloglossia and Pediatric Dentistry: An Interdisciplinary Continuing Education Series – Full 3 Part Webinar


This series, consisting of three 1.5-hour webinars, aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of ankyloglossia. With contributions from esteemed experts in pediatric dentistry, pediatrics, and lactation consulting, this course will empower participants to approach ankyloglossia consultation, evaluation, referral and treatment with confidence and expertise.

The Ankyloglossia series comprises three webinars, each spanning 1.5 hours. Each session will encompass a 60-minute presentation by the expert speaker(s), followed by 30 minutes of interactive questions and discussions.



Webinar 1 Title: Session 1: Ankyloglossia: Tying it to the Medical Home

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the issues of diagnosis and treatment of ankyloglossia.
  • Discuss the importance of working with the pediatric provider as well as lactation specialists in the medical home


Webinar 2 Title: Session 2: A Mindful Approach to Infant Tongue-Tie Care

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify available evidence around infant ankyloglossia
  • Describe basic oral assessment techniques for infants
  • Identify optimal timing of release for a newborn
  • Describe benefits of collaborative care
  • Identify at least three post-frenectomy pain relief and care plan ideas


Webinar 3 Title: Session 3: Tongue-Tie Update: How Oral Restrictions Impact Feeding, Speech, and Sleep Across the Lifespan

Learning Objectives:

  • Conduct a thorough exam on a baby, child, or adolescent; classify the degree of tongue or lip restriction; and screen for common symptoms related to these conditions.
  • Know if the attendee wishes to treat these patients in the office as part of a multidisciplinary team or refer them for care by a trained provider.
  • List the steps involved in assessing, diagnosing, referring to other specialists, and treating when indicated children with tongue restrictions.




Dr. Maya Bunik is a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Bunik received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis in 1988. She completed a residency, including a chief residency, in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and The Children’s Hospital in 1992. She was Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF working at Children’s Hospital in Oakland for over 10 years. She returned to Colorado to complete the primary care research fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver including MPSH 2003-2005. Maya has published studies on quality improvement with outpatient asthma, developmental screening, second hand smoke and breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011. Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and was distributed to US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative. The Trifecta Approach combining medical provider, lactation consultant and psychologist as holistic model for breastfeeding evaluation was published in Journal of Human Lactation and has been well-received as an innovation.


Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators.  She recently stepped down after 6 years on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP.  She is a founder and an Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She is the author  of  “Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”  She has received national awards for teaching,  advocacy for children, and innovation with in her practice and community.  She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr. Thomas’ interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.


Ms. Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys researching and writing, especially on topics such tongue tie and botanical medicine. Her bachelor’s degree is in maternal/child health and lactation and her master’s degree is in therapeutic herbalism. Before pursuing her current path, Melissa’s background was in education and cultural arts, which has served her well in her work as a lactation consultant and healthcare educator. She loves living, working and playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her 3 children.


Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist, Fellow of the AAPD, and Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is an internationally-recognized speaker on tongue-ties, instructor of the acclaimed online course Tongue-Tied Academy, and lead author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. He is passionate about educating parents and healthcare providers about the effects a tongue-tie can have throughout the lifespan. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Tara, and their three girls, Hannah, Noelle, and Molly. He is the founder of the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions. He had a tongue-tie himself, and all of his girls were treated as infants, so this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and outdoor activities. He serves in Kids Ministry as a 4th grade Faith Trainer at the Church at Brook Hills and participates in global missions projects around the world.


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