Dr. Nudelman is part of the Saint Peters University Hospital Cranio-facial team. A variety of dental problems can be associated with a cleft lip, gum, and palate. Dr. Nudelman is a member of a larger team that evaluates the best treatment options for your child. The position, size, shape, and even number of teeth may be affected. Clefting tends to impact the teeth in the area of the cleft more dramatically than in the rest of the mouth, therefore early diagnosis and care are recommended for a better outcome.

Oral Hygiene
Prevent tooth decay and gum disease with good brushing and flossing habits. Make sure you brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day and floss once. Visit the dentist for regularly scheduled cleanings and check-ups. Your child’s schedule may be unique due to missing, malformed, or malpositioned teeth. It is wise to choose a dentist who has experience treating children with cleft lips/palates.

What about orthodontic care?
Because each child is different, check-up schedules will vary. Children with cleft lips and/or palates may be evaluated before any teeth erupt. This gives the dentist and orthodontist a baseline assessment so they can see how the jaw and teeth grow and develop. Once teeth erupt, it is possible for the care team to make short and long-term goals.