Dental Care for Cleft & Lip Palates
Dental Care needs of children with a cleft palate and/or lip palate are the same as children who are born without the issue. However, they may have problems arise related to missing, malformed, or teeth that are not in the proper area. If this is the case, they will need close monitoring by their dental provider.
Early dental care is a must for any child, but especially for children who are born with cleft lip and cleft palate. They still require the same care, proper cleanings, good nutrition and fluoride treatments in order to maintain healthy teeth. A small, soft bristled toothbrush should be used as soon as the teeth erupt. If a soft children’s toothbrush is not cleaning the teeth that well because of the shape of the mouth and teeth, then a toothette may be recommended by your dentist. A toothette is a soft sponge that contains mouthwash. It has a handle and it is used to swab the teeth. Most dentist recommend the first dental visit to happen at about one year of age or even earlier if there are dental problems.
You will also find that if a child is born with a cleft lip or palate, orthodontic care may be scheduled and recommended before the child has any teeth erupt. Most likely this first visit would consist of assessing facial growth, especially looking at jaw development. Once the teeth begin to erupt, the orthodontist can further assess the child’s short and long term dental needs. Once all the adult or permanent teeth are in, orthodontic treatment will begin to align the teeth. Dental Care Linwood NJ 08221
Lastly, a Prosthodontic may be in a child’s future if they are born with cleft or lip palates. A prosthodontist works on a cleft palate team, and coordinates treatment with an oral or plastic surgeon. They also work closely with speech pathologists. The Prosthodontic may need to make a dental bridge to replace missing teeth or make special appliances called speech bulbs or palatal lifts. These help close the nose from the mouth so that the speech will sound more normal. Dental Care Linwood NJ 08221
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