The roof of the mouth is known as the palate. The hard palate is in
the front, closer to the teeth. The soft palate is in the back, toward the
Examples of cleft palate
In cleft palate, the roof of the mouth (palate) has an opening
(cleft) that may go through to the nasal cavity. This birth defect is corrected
with one or more surgeries.
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January 19, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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