Malocclusion and Orthodontics
You can take steps to prevent tooth loss, which can lead to Reference malocclusion Opens New Window.
- Use a Reference mouth guard when playing sports.
- Prevent tooth decay by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental cleanings. For more information, see the topic Reference Basic Dental Care.
- Avoid putting a baby or toddler to bed with a bottle. The sugars in the liquid can cause tooth decay.
- See your dentist right away (within 2 hours) if you lose a tooth unexpectedly.
Early dental visits are needed for good preventive dental care. And it can help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist's office over time.
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be first checked for developing malocclusion between the ages of 2 and 6.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic screening by age 7. A pediatric dentist may refer a child to an orthodontist when a dental evaluation suggests the need for Reference orthodontic treatment Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 11, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics