Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

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Cleft Lip and Palate

For a child, a cleft lip or palate can interfere with speech, eating, and breathing. For parents, it can be heartbreaking.

However, children born with a split in their upper lip or the roof of their mouths can undergo surgery to close the gap. 

What does this condition mean for your child? 

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Understanding the Basics of Cleft Lips and Palates

Cleft Lip

While cleft lips and palates are often seen together, they can occur separately. A cleft lip can involve not just the lip, but the nose and portions of the upper jaw, as well. Statistically, it is more common in boys.

Cleft Palate

Seen more often in girls, this opening can extend the full length of the roof of the mouth. It creates a direct connection between the mouth and nasal passages, often interfering with breathing, eating, drinking, and speaking. 

Cleft Lips and Palates are One of the Most Common Birth Defects in the U.S.

Getting a Diagnosis

In most cases, it is extremely difficult to predict whether your child will have an orofacial defect before birth, even with an ultrasound. However, a genetic counselor can sometimes identify the possibility and provide advice during a consultation.  

While the presence of a cleft lip or palate is usually obvious once a child is born, a plastic surgeon or craniofacial surgeon can diagnose their specific skeletal and soft tissue abnormalities. Based on this examination, they can begin to coordinate treatment with other specialists. 

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Understanding the Risk Factors

While some experts have suggested that there is a genetic component to having a cleft lip or palate, others suspect that exposure to certain medications during pregnancy plays a more significant role. Diabetes and smoking can also interfere with a baby's development. 

Understanding Your Control Over the Risk of a Cleft Lip or Palate

No Guarantees

Because the cause of a cleft lip and palate is still unknown, there is no certain way to prevent the condition
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Discuss Your Meds with Your Doctor

If a doctor prescribes medication while you are pregnant, be sure to discuss the potential risks and impact it can have upon your child with both that doctor and your OB-GYN

Avoid Tobacco Products

Avoiding smoking and other tobacco products during pregnancy may also reduce the risk. 

With treatment, most children with orofacial clefts do well and lead a healthy life. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Treatment Is a Long and In-Depth Process

Depending on the severity of the defects, treatment can involve a series of surgical procedures starting soon after birth and continuing throughout childhood and into early adulthood. 

However, because the condition affects the bone, soft tissue, and teeth, the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association recommends that a special interdisciplinary group of healthcare providers take responsibility for coordinating the treatment of children suffering from these defects. 

These cleft and craniofacial teams typically include surgeons, orthodontists, prosthodontists, speech pathologists, and auditory specialists who work together to provide treatment. They are located throughout the United States and internationally

Those interested in finding and contacting the nearest team are encouraged to visit the Cleft and Craniofacial Teams and Centers website for more information. 

The Results of Treatment Will Leave Only a Faint Scar

Child before, during, and after cleft lip repair Child before, during, and after cleft lip repair

Life after Treatment

Most children who receive appropriate treatment for their cleft lip and cleft palate recover from the physical and psychological problems and lead happy and productive lives. However, it is a long and difficult road for both the child and the parents. Affected families are encouraged to seek out support groups.

Speak to a Professional as Soon as Possible

Immediate treatment is essential to helping your child overcome the many challenges posed by a cleft lip or palate. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a specialist and discuss your situation. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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