Understanding the Basics of Cleft Lips and Palates
Cleft LipWhile 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.
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.