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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate – The Importance of Good Dental Care Essentials

Cleft lip and palate are the most common birth defects on the U.S. Cleft lip is a baby’s upper lip doesn’t form completely, and has an opening in it.  Cleft palate is a baby’s palate (roof of the mouth) doesn’t form completely and has an opening in it. 

  •  1 in every 1,600 babies is born with cleft lip and cleft palate
  •  1 in every 2,800 babies is born with cleft lip without cleft palate
  •  1 in every 1,700 babies is born with cleft palate

Both cleft lip and cleft palate occurs between in early pregnancy, between 4 and 7 weeks for the baby’s lip to form and the palate forms between 6 and 9 weeks of pregnancy. Oral clefts don’t always happen together—a baby can have one without the other 

Most babies are diagnosed with cleft lip or cleft palate after birth, while some babies with certain types of cleft palate may not be diagnosed until later in life. If you have an ultrasound, your provider may see your baby’s cleft lip or palate. Babies and children born with cleft lip or palate generally have dental problems. After surgical repair, and as children grow, they generally have missing, extra, or malformed teeth, and are at a higher risk for cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. Routine dental care and orthodontic monitoring are critical to having successful outcomes. 

With good support from parents and your dental team, providing your child with good dental care, ensures that they will have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. 

Dental Services in Bedford, NH: Lindner Dental

We at Lindner Dental Associates are experts at treating children with cleft lip and palate and look forward to caring for your child. For more information, contact us on our webpage or call us at 603-624-3900!