One out of every 700 births results in a cleft lip or palate. A cleft lip is a separation in the upper lip between the mouth and the nose. A cleft palate is a separation of the tissue forming the roof of the mouth. Many of these occur in families with no history of clefts, and while it is known how cleft deformities occur, it is seldom known why.
St. Luke's Cleft Palate Team, established in 1978 by Woodrow O'Brien, DDS, is an experienced, multidisciplinary group dedicated to helping infants, children, teenagers and adults who have cleft palate and/or oral facial or speech problems.
Some of the challenges a baby typically encounters with a cleft lip and/or palate are feeding difficulties in newborns, dental and orthodontic disorders, ear infections, hearing disabilities and difficulties in speech. Each of these problems can be remedied through treatment. Also, some parents may experience bonding issues. Counseling is available to discuss any potential issues.
For an appointment, call the team coordinator at 314-576-2470.
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