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Oral Health Risk factors and the prevention of oral clefts Vera Lúcia Gil-da-Silva-Lopes(a) Isabella Lopes Monlleó(b) (a) Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brazil. (b) Clinical Genetics Service, University Hospital, Medical Genetics Sector, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Alagoas UFAL, Maceió, AL Brazil. Abstract: This article presents general aspects of risk factors and particularities of the management of individuals with oral clefts (OCs). A practical manual of prevention and management of this congenital defect was prepared based on a review of the literature and using data from Brazilian multicenter studies. Since OCs require efforts from all levels of healthcare, the data herein presented permits appropriate follow-up for affected individuals and their families. Also, the recognition of risk factors is crucial for planning and implementing preventive measures at the individual and population levels. Keywords: Cleft Lip; Cleft Palate; Risk Factors; Primary Prevention; Tertiary Prevention. Introduction * Paper presented at the “Equity, Social Inclusion and Oral Health Promotion: Major Challenges” International Symposium, Held at the 18th Congress of the Brazilian Association for Oral Health Promotion (Associação Brasileira de Odontologia de Promoção de Saúde - ABOPREV), April 2013, Bauru, SP, Brazil. Declaration of Interests: The authors certify that they have no commer ...
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