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Oral Health Considerations For Individuals With Cleft Lip And Palate

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
a smiling boy with a gray backgroundMalformations of the face and mouth that develop early in pregnancy include cleft lip and palate. Orofacial clefts are one of the most common types of birth abnormalities that may occur in the United States. Clefting develops when there is inadequate tissue in the mouth or lip region, and the tissue there does not connect adequately.

Oral Health Is Important For people With Cleft Lip And Palate

Even with careful dental care and frequent checkups, a child born with an orofacial cleft will have a higher chance of developing oral problems later in life. The salivary glands may be a problem for a child born with a cleft lip, palate, or both. And since the development of germs in the mouth is accelerated when saliva production is reduced, the risk of developing dental issues is elevated.

Children born with cleft palates have an increased risk of having teeth that are misaligned, misshapen, absent, or extra. This contributes to a rise in the total number of cavities. Last, the cleft palate affects the mouth's anatomy and the permanent teeth' position.

The severity of the orofacial cleft dictates, in most cases, the dental treatment and routine that must be followed. Parents must be actively engaged in their children's daily dental care routines and consult with their children's dentists to determine the most effective course of action. Your dentist will be able to assist you in deciding what issues may be treated in their clinic and what issues need the involvement of a specialist. While these concerns are addressed while they are young, it may avert years of further problems.

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