Boy thought to be nonverbal can speak after dentist discovers he is simply ‘tongue-tied’

'Nonverbal' boy given gift of speech by dentist

A dentist discovered the reason a six-year-old could not speak was due to being tongue-tied.

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Six-year-old Mason Motz can finally speak for himself – and it’s all thanks to a doctor who thought to look under his tongue.

The boy from Texas was born with Sotos syndrome, a genetic condition that is characterised by delayed motor and mental development, as well as learning disabilities and distinctive facial features.

Since Mason has never been able to speak, physicians had assumed he couldn't speak. 

His mother told Inside Edition: “He’s been in speech therapy since he was a little over 1 year old. Sleeping was always stressful. He would stop breathing. He had trouble eating and swallowing; every single meal we would have to remove something that was choking him. He didn’t get the nutrition he needed. His teeth started having problems."

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The Motzes brought their son Mason to see Dr Amy Luedemann-Lazar at Kidstown Dental in Katy, Texas for a dental procedure and while the child was sedated, the doctor made a discovery that would change their lives. 

Mason's mother told the publication that they detected a tongue-tie.

A tongue-tie, formally known as ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth where an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth, restricting its range of motion. 

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