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August 4, 1962

Harelip and Dentition

Author Affiliations

Cleft Palate Center Mt. Sinai Hospital, 654 Madison Ave., New York City

JAMA. 1962;181(5):454. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050310094022

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To the Editor:—  A query on "Harelip and Dentition" (JAMA180:94 [April 7] 1962) was answered by Dr. Wayne B. Slaughter. I wish to point out that the description of the case would indicate that there was a collapse of the palate and the maxillary dental arch. This is common, and is to be expected in these cases. To allow the condition to continue until the permanent teeth have erupted would be adding insult to injury.There are many other orthodontic appliances which would tend to correct the condition, without placing any pressure on the deciduous teeth themselves, so that they would not be in any danger of being prematurely shed.