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Infant hard and soft palates

Infant hard and soft palates

Overview

The roof of the mouth is comprised of the hard palate and the soft palate. These structures separate the nasal cavity from the mouth.

Update Date 10/27/2015

Updated by: Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, FACMG, Fullerton Genetics Center, Asheville, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.