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Your Evansville dentist Dr. Max Lingo and his staff take care of more than just your teeth — caring for your complete oral health is their priority.

By paying attention to the complete oral health of one young patient, a dentist in Texas changed his life, USA Today reported.

Six-year-old Mason Motz was born with Sotos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects development, so it was no surprise that he experienced difficulty speaking. Doctors assumed it was related to the disorder.

But when he went to the office of dentist Dr. Amy Luedemann-Lazar’s office to get some teeth pulled, she found out that the real problem was not related to Sotos Syndrome.

Mason was suffering from a different condition that also was present at birth but was repairable. The six-year-old was tongue-tied — his tongue was mostly attached to the bottom of his mouth. Usually the separation occurs in the womb.

The condition meant his tongue had a limited range of motion so he was not able to enunciate words clearly. He also had suffered from breathing and sleeping issues and choked easily on food.

The family credits Dr. Luedemann-Lazar, who specializes in treating special needs patients and tongue-tied children, with changing Mason’s life. The family wonders why other doctors never thought to check for the condition, as Mason’s condition has meant he has seen many medical specialists throughout his young life.

Dr. Leudemann-Lazar says she would like for it to be mandatory that all babies be checked for a tongue-tie at birth.

Your dentist can diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, as well as root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education. Dr. Lingo may also be able to help with problems such as sleep apnea. If you have any questions about your oral health, make an appointment to visit the office of Dr. Max Lingo today!