Nonverbal 6-year-old patient speaks after visiting Texas dentist: 5 insights


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Mason Motz, 6, suffers from Sotos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects growth and development. His family associated his speech delays with the syndrome until visiting Amy Luedemann-Lazar, DDS.

While at Dr. Ludemann-Lazar's office to have his teeth pulled, the Texas dentist discovered Mr. Motz was tongue-tied, causing limited range of motion with his mouth, according to USA Today.

Here are five insights:

1. Mr. Motz' tongue-tie didn't allow him to enunciate words. The condition also caused breathing and sleeping issues since his birth.

2. Dr. Ludemann-Lazzar specializes in treating special needs patients and tongue-tied children. She performed a minutes-long laser procedure to correct Mr. Motz's tongue-tie.

3. Now Mr. Motz is talking in full sentences.

4. Dr. Luedemann-Lazzar treats patients at Kidstown Dental in Katy, Texas.

5. A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Luedemann-Lazzar earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

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