A study workshop conducting for orthodontists from Nepal on treating cleft anomaly; which showing more than 100 orthodontists from across the country and Nepal attending the training. The workshop emphasising the need for interdisciplinary care; and providing the delegates with a complete treatment template starting from antenatal counselling; through adulthood and extending beyond marriage in the form of genetic counselling.
As more than 100 orthodontists from across the country; and Nepal to provide comprehensive treatment for facial deformities in children like cleft lip. Specialists from medical and dental fraternity, including plastic surgeons, cleft orthodontists, pediatricians, clinical geneticist and clinical psychologists, contributed as course faculty to sensitise participants about complete protocols of cleft treatment with greater emphasis on correcting deformities of face due to poor dental alignment and unintelligible speech.
Workshop conducting for orthodontists
Cleft lip or cleft palate is a condition when the two sides of the lip, developing in an unborn baby, do not completely fuse. It adversely affects nutrition, leads to chest infections, ear problems, poor speech and inability in proper chewing. The abnormal arrangement of teeth, poor jaw relations and facial aesthetics make a child socially and functionally handicap. Cleft lip and palate anomaly constitute nearly one-third of all congenital malformations of the craniofacial region; with an average worldwide incidence of one in 700.
Its incidence in the Asian population is reporting to be around 1.7 per 1,000 live births or higher. In India, more than 35,000 cleft children are born every year; and they add to huge existing patients, many of whom may not have received the required comprehensive treatment. But only a fortunate few have the opportunity to get comprehensive cleft care.
Awareness of interdisciplinary care
To spread awareness of interdisciplinary care and improve the quality of treatment, it is essential to train different specialists involving in cleft care about protocols of treatment. But the three-day workshop, built as first of its kind, was held in collaboration with the Indian Orthodontic Society recently. It trained over 100 orthodontists from different parts of the country and Nepal. But the workshop emphasised the need for interdisciplinary care and provided the delegates with a complete treatment template starting from antenatal counselling through adulthood and extending beyond marriage in the form of genetic counselling.
But these orthodontists, who have been training on treatment protocols about cleft lip and palate anomalies; are expecting to spearhead multidisciplinary cleft care teams; in their districts to provide comprehensive treatment for improving esthetics; treat dental alignments and support speech to help cleft children lead a normal life.