Have you ever dreamed of jumping into a time capsule and taking a blast into the past to observe what teeth were like hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago? Have you ever asked yourself whether some of the common dental diseases that we see today, such as malocclusion and dental caries, were even considered “diseases” back then?
According to the Journal of Medical Sciences, cleft lip and palate (CLP) occurs in about 1 in 700 live births, making it the most common orofacial congenital malformation. Patients born with CLP not only experience aesthetic, speech, eating, hearing and psychological problems, but also a higher incidence of certain dental anomalies compared to the general population. Some of the dental anomalies experienced by these patients include missing teeth (most commonly the maxillary lateral incisors and lower incisors), supernumerary teeth, malocclusion, ectopic tooth eruption, delayed tooth development and morphological anomalies in both deciduous and permanent dentition.
Read on to learn more about CLP.