Dental care for a child with cleft lip or palate (1606)

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Early and regular dental care is important for everyone. Children with cleft lip or palate often have more dental problems. Working closely with a dental professional is needed to make sure your child has the best oral health possible.

Start dental care early. Your child should have their first dental visit by age 12 months. Then the dentist will tell you how often your child should be seen. Often, a child with cleft lip or palate may need to be seen every 6 months.

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If your child needs a bottle or sippy cup at bedtime, only fill with water.

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Call your child’s dentist, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.