Cleft lip and palate (the roof of the mouth) are caused by incomplete formation of facial bones. During gestation, the bones of the face fail to completely form and fuse together. This leaves gaps, or clefts, in the face. This malformation happens to about 1 in 700 children.
Cleft lip and palate can cause patients serious psychosocial issues. Patients can struggle to socialize because of their appearance. This can impact their confidence and self-image and leave them with emotional scars that can take a lifetime to heal.
Cleft lip and palate cause difficulty in performing many everyday tasks. Feeding and speech are affected. Ear infections and hearing loss can also accompany a cleft. If treated, especially early on in childhood, many of these issues can be corrected.
Dr. Baker and I are highly skilled in the treatment and correction of cleft lip and palate. We work hard to not only keep up with the latest techniques, but also to foster a caring, comfortable atmosphere for each one of our patients. Our attentive, caring staff will see to your every need.
If you or a loved one need treatment for cleft lip or palate, don’t let them continue to struggle with it. Take the first step forward and contact us today!
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention