Oral health in comprehensive cleft care
Cleft lip and palate (clefts) are the most common birth difference of the face and mouth. Clefts occur when parts of the lip and/or palate do not fuse together during fetal development, which can lead to difficulties with feeding and even survival following birth.
Cleft lip can affect as many as 1 in 500 births, yet many children never receive the reconstructive surgery they need.
Even children who undergo cleft surgery are often at an increased risk for caries, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues as they grow and develop. These children require regular dental care to ensure adequate monitoring, education, support, and treatment to prevent oral disease and ensure the highest possible quality of life.
The Oral health in comprehensive cleft care project is supported by: