Malocclusion and Orthodontics
What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase the risk of developing Reference malocclusion Opens New Window include:
- A family history of malocclusion. Jaw and tooth size are inherited traits that can cause too much or too little room for the teeth.
- Reference Oral habits, such as thumb-sucking and possibly Reference mouth breathing.
- Tooth loss, due to trauma or tooth decay. After a
tooth is knocked out or removed (extracted), the bordering teeth
Reference drift out of place. Major causes of childhood tooth
- Playing sports without a Reference mouth guard.
- Using poor dental hygiene.
- Stumbling or falling accidents.
- Sucking on a baby bottle during sleep. The sugars in juice, milk, and formula can cause tooth decay.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 11, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics