Malocclusion and Orthodontics (cont.)
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You can take steps to prevent tooth loss, which can lead to malocclusion.
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 orthodontic treatment.
Your orthodontist will give you instructions on caring for your teeth during treatment. These may include:
If your child has crooked or protruding teeth from an oral habit such as thumb-sucking, his or her teeth may begin to return to normal position when the habit stops. You can help your child stop an oral habit. For more information, see the topic Thumb-Sucking.
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