"Malocclusion" refers to a misalignment of the teeth. These misalignments can cause a variety of serious oral health issues, and should be corrected as soon as they're detected. Teeth misalignments are is generally caused by a combination of inherited and behavioural factors.
Some forms of malocclusion are crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite. All of these types of teeth misalignment can cause discomfort when the patients eats, talks or breathes.
So what actually causes malocclusion to occur? Can it be prevented?
More often than not, malocclusion is an inherited condition, which mean that in many cases, it can’t be prevented; at least not from beginning to develop. That said, if the issue is caught early on, it can be treated, thereby preventing the problem from developing flly or worsening over time.
In some cases, malocclusion is the result of certain health conditions or oral habits that can be prevented or curtailed. If these issues are dealt with early enough, then malocclusion can be avoided. Some of these conditions and habits include
- regular pacifier use and/or thumb sucking past the page of 3
- prolonged bottle feeding
- injuries resulting in jaw misalignment
- poor dental care resulting in tooth loss
If the above problems are nipped in the bud early enough, the malocclusion that might otherwise result can be avoided.