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High arched palate

10/30/2007

Question:

I have been told I have a high arched top of the mouth. It could be related to bumps on arms or legs and allergies. Do you know if that is the case and if it is related to crooked pinkies? Thanks!

Answer:

I have NEVER seen a study correlating a high palate to crooked pinkies, allergies, or bumps on arms and legs. A high palate just reflects a difference in people's oral anatomy. There are some disabilities that favor a high palate, such as Down's syndrome. 

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University