I went to the dentist to get my cleaning done. This is not my favorite thing to do. As a matter of fact, I have had my share of dentists and orthodontists visits in my time on this earth. I know the importance of oral health and I decided that I needed to go in. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the hygienist that I had. She wasn’t very friendly at first and I felt like I was going through an interrogation with all of the questions regarding allergies, health issues, etc.
One of the questions that she asked me was regarding the surgeries that I have had. I told her that with a cleft palate, I have had my share of them. I kid you not the next question actually happened. “What happened? Were you born with it?” I have to be honest with you that I was speechless for a few seconds. Someone who works with oral health did not know what a cleft palate was kind of scared me. This was the first for me! For those who do not know what it is, let me share with you this definition;
A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire palate. palatoschisis” via Dictionary.com