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What Causes a Cleft Lip or Palate?

In the United States it is estimated that a cleft lip affects 1 in 940 births.  Cleft lip and/or palate is the most common birth defect in the United States.  This occurs very early on in the pregnancy and there are many possible causes/scenarios, but no single cause has been identified.  Most of the clefts appear to happen because of genetics and environmental factors.  There are other cases that just seem to be “isolated” meaning there is no family history or indication of any health problems.  

For there to be a risk of recurrence of a cleft, will depend on many factors, one being how many affected people there are in the family, how closely related they are, race and sex of those affected, and how severe the clefts were. 

The CDC has a research group that have identified several risk factors that can increase the risk of a women having a baby with a cleft.  These risk factors include genetics and well as smoking during pregnancy, diabetes, substance abuse, medications, or poor prenatal health care. #bestdentist NJ Linwood 08221


Who Treats a Cleft?

A child that is born with a cleft will usually require several different types of services, all of which will need to be coordinated over the years.  The best to provide these services is a cleft palate/craniofacial team.  This team is made up of several different specialists who will work together to provide the best care for the child.  A cleft team should include: a plastic surgeon, an orthodontists, and a speech-language pathologist.  There are additional providers like pediatricians, nurses, ear-nose and throat doctors, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, and even nutritionists that can also be a part of your child’s team.  #bestdentist NJ Linwood 08221


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