It is very important for patients with cleft lip and palate to receive exceptional dental care. Frequently, parents ask us how the cleft will affect the health of the teeth when the child is older. We recommend early evaluation, since children with clefts are more likely to have missing, malformed or malpositioned teeth. Through early intervention and proper care, patients born with a cleft can have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. When you or your child have a cleft lip or palate, it is never too early to find a dentist or pediatric dental specialist in your area.

The Cleft Palate Foundation has a series of excellent articles for patients and parents. Click here to read a great article on Dental Care for the Patient with Cleft Lip and Palate