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Cleft Palate

What is Cleft Palate?

  • Cleft palate is a birth defect in which tissue at the roof of the mouth does not completely join together.
  • Both the front and back sections of the palate can be open.

What causes Cleft Palate?

  • Cleft palate forms in the fetus during pregnancy.
  • It is believed to be caused by a mix of genetic and environmental factors, although there is no known cause in many cases.
  • Smoking during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of the child developing cleft palate.

What is the treatment for Cleft Palate?

  • Treatment to correct Cleft Palate involves surgery.
  • It is recommended that the surgery is performed within the first 18 months of the child’s life.
  • Advanced orthodontics and speech therapy may also be necessary depending on the specific development of the cleft palate.

What is the prognosis for patients with Cleft Palate?

With proper treatment, most children with cleft palates live healthy, happy lives. A coordinated care approach is most successful in achieving positive long-term outcomes.