SMILE Train is the world’s largest cleft charity and with World Oral Health Day celebrated this month, we wanted to use this column to shine a light on the importance of access to oral health and dental care for cleft-affected individuals – as well as highlight how Smile Train is making a difference in this space.
Did you know clefts affect approximately 1 in every 700 babies? Children born with clefts need more than just surgery.
Children with clefts are at a greater risk of poor oral health, including tooth decay, missing & misplaced teeth, and gum disease. That’s why prevention is key to ensuring they are able to thrive, at every age. Everyone can play a role to ensure good oral health for cleft-affected patients so that they can be proud of their mouth at each stage of treatment!
That’s why Smile Train is committed to treating the whole patient through programs that provide access to important comprehensive cleft care services, not just surgery.
Comprehensive cleft care includes essential treatments beyond cleft surgery, such as nutrition services, orthodontic and general dental care, speech therapy and emotional support, intended to ensure long-term, successful rehabilitation for Smile Train’s cleft patients.
To celebrate World Oral Health, Smile Train has partnered with the FDI World Dental Federation – (FDI) to develop a factsheet for cleft-affected children and families, providing an overview of what type of oral health care they might need.
To find out more, please visit: https://www.worldoralhealthday.org/fact-sheets-oral-health-and-cleft-care.
To find out more about Smile Train’s services in dental care, please visit: https://www.smiletrain.org.uk/patients-families/dental-orthopaedic-care.