July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Joaquin Phoenix, Denver Bronco’s Peyton Manning, Tom Brokaw, King Tutankhamen (also known as “King Tut”), and notorious gunfighter and dentist, Doc Holiday, all share something in common. All of these public figures were born with a cleft lip. By an article on www.ranker.com, a cleft lip is a deformity caused by abnormal development while a fetus is still in the womb. An individual with a cleft lip has a gap that interrupts the normal structure of a lip. A cleft lip is often accompanied by a cleft palate, a gap that connects the mouth directly to the nasal cavity. July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month. Many advocates and supporters of the awareness use this month to spread knowledge to the masses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website provides a detailed break-down of the different types of Craniofacial and Cleft defects and some interesting statistics: “Cleft and Craniofacial defects are conditions that are present at birth that affect the structure and function of a baby’s head and face. Two of the most common craniofacial defects are orofacial clefts, which occur when the lip and mouth do no form properly, and craniosynostosis, which happens when the bones Read More