March 13, 2014

Smoking During Pregnancy and Cleft Lip/Palate Risk

The Surgeon General has released data from 50 years of tobacco-related study, from 1964-2014.  More than 7,000 babies are born yearly in the United States with cleft lip or cleft palate.  Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk by 30 to 50%.  Since approximately 23% of American women smoke during pregnancy, the exposure to the toxic chemical in smoke reduces the amount of oxygen the baby gets, affecting growth and development.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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