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What is a Cleft Palate?

One of every 600 newborns is affected by cleft lip and cleft palate, making it the most common birth defect in the United States. Clefts occur very early in pregnancy due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Our upper lips are made from three parts, and the seams them fusing together are the “philtrum” – the vertical ridges in the middle of the...

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