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Dental Care

Children with a cleft lip and/or palate seem to get tooth decay more easily than other children. We are not sure why this is. It may be because the teeth can be quite close together and hard to clean, and parents may be afraid to clean where the child has had an operation. Or it may be something to do with the way your child clears food from their teeth with their tongue, or related to the bacteria in the mouth.

It is therefore particularly important to be careful with your child's diet and have a good toothbrushing routine.

In addition to providing ongoing dental care throughout the care pathway, the dental team will assess your child at multidisciplinary clinics (age five, ten, 15 and 20).

Paediatric Dentist

Your child should see a Dentist from an early age.

By the time your child is two or three years old they could already have tooth decay.

We try to send an appointment to see your child at University of Bristol Dental Hospital around the time of their first birthday for an initial discussion about teeth and to talk about dental care.

Dental Hygienist

The dental hygienist will advise you about all aspects of improving oral hygiene, including brushing techniques and the use of products to help keep teeth clean and healthy throughout your cleft care pathway.

Orthodontic care

Within a few weeks of your baby's birth you will probably meet an Orthodontist. Photographs and other records will be taken at an early age and throughout your child's development to monitor progress. These will include impressions of the mouth at different stages.

The Orthodontist will arrange to treat any irregularities of your child's teeth.