Anesthesia -- Drugs provided during a surgical or dental operation that put the child to sleep.
Bony Defect -- Area of missing bone, usually affecting the roof of the mouth in children with cleft palate.
Dental Extraction -- Dental procedures performed to remove damaged, malformed or malpositioned teeth.
Dental Restoration -- Dental procedures performed to repair or correct damaged, malformed or missing teeth.
Multidisciplinary Team -- A group of professionals who work together to help plan and carry out treatment for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and related disorders. The group usually includes surgeons, dental specialists, speech pathologist and others who meet regularly to evaluate and discuss the patients under their care.
Oral Hygiene -- Care of the teeth and gums which is performed at home on a daily basis. This is performed first by the child's parent or guardian while the child is small, and eventually by the child under continued supervision of the parent or guardian.
Orthodontic Care -- Dental visits designed to move the teeth into better alignment with one another to improve chewing, oral hygiene and appearance.
Preventative Dental Care -- Regular dental exams during which teeth are checked for cavities and cleaned.
Pubertal Growth Spurt -- A period of rapid growth that normally occurs sometime between the ages of 10 and 16. The actual timing and length of this period of growth varies.
Restorative Dental Care -- Dental visits designed to correct dental problems.
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