Do You Know Much About Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates?
You have probably heard of a cleft lip and a cleft palate, but do you know much about them?
Sadly, they both happen during fetal development. It is a defect that may either be genetic in nature, or due to the result of something that the mother was exposed to during pregnancy.
In a cleft lip, parts of the face that form the upper lift remain split, instead of sealing together before birth. These same type of splits can also happen in the roof of the mouth or palate, resulting in a cleft palate. A baby may be born with just one or both.
Other issues that may arise from a cleft lip or a cleft palate include:
- Speech impediments
- Difficulty eating
- Misaligned teeth
- Ear infections
It can be really hard on children as they grow up because they these defects affect their appearance, resulting in lack of confidence or poor self-esteem. There is good news though – both can be corrected with surgery, most commonly when the baby is between three and six months old. More severe defects may take more than one surgery.
If you know or suspect that your baby has either of these, and it was not noticed at birth, visit your doctor and dentist asap and get informed about possible treatments.
If you are looking for a dentist in Surrey, we would love to help you out at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Give us a call today: 604-593-8201.