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Throughout your child's growth and development, it is important to overall good health that they are seen by a dentist that is experienced in treating special dental needs for children born with a cleft, in addition to someone who will oversee your child's general dental needs. Our pediatric dentist specializes in providing this type of care.

We suggest that your child's first visit to the dentist should be by age 2 or 3, even if they're not having any oral pain or dental problems. They should still have an appointment for an initial evaluation so that they can become familiar and comfortable with visiting the dentist. Regular check-ups should be scheduled at least twice a year.

In addition to receiving general dental care at the UI Health Craniofacial Center, depending on your child's dental needs, they also may meet a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dentist that is specially trained in the treatment patients with cleft lip and palate. As a part of our cleft care team, the prosthodontist's role is to work with other members of the team to ensure the best outcome for your child's appearance, speech, and feeding.

The prosthodontist may be involved in your child's care at a very early age, even before the cleft lip is corrected.