At Children’s Mercy Hospital, patients with cleft lip and palate receive exceptional dental care. Frequently, parents ask 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. This is exactly the kind of care we provide at Children’s Mercy. Oral hygiene instructions and preventative counseling is provided by the pediatric dentists and evaluation for interceptive orthodontics, nasoalveolar molding (NAM), or surgical orthodontic treatment is provided by Dr. Burleson.
The Cleft Palate Foundation has a series of excellent articles for patients and parents.
Click here to read the article on Dental Care for a Child with Cleft Lip and Palate.