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  1. Early Treatment for Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Growth modification (early treatment) is part of the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment of children with malocclusion (poor bite). Growth modification is only possible when bones are still growing. It is most effective during children's growth spurts. Orthodontists use growth modification devices (appliances) to change the position,shape,length,or width of the jawbone(s). Some ...

  2. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Home Treatment

    Learn how to take good care of teeth while wearing braces.

  3. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase the risk of developing malocclusion include a family history of malocclusion and some oral habits, such as thumb-sucking.

  4. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - What Happens

    Teeth that are naturally perfectly aligned are rare. A poor fit and alignment of the teeth (malocclusion) can range from mild to severe.

  5. Types of Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    The term "malocclusion" (poor bite) refers to a number of possible conditions. The most common are: Upper protrusion. In an upper protrusion,the upper front teeth are pushed outward (buck teeth). A small lower jaw may be the cause. Pacifier use or thumb-sucking can also create this condition by pushing the teeth outward,sometimes causing the roof of the mouth to change shape (upper palate). ...

  6. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Prevention

    You can take steps to prevent tooth loss, which can lead to malocclusion. Use a mouth guard when playing sports. Prevent tooth decay by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental cleanings. For more information, see the topic Basic Dental Car

  7. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Treatment Overview

    Many treatment options are available for malocclusion (poor bite), and expert opinions differ about timing.

  8. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your dentist or orthodontist about malocclusion and other dental problems.

  9. Bone Movement for Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    In some cases of malocclusion (poor bite),bone movement is needed to put the jaw in the right position. This process is called "bone remodeling." As braces slowly move the teeth,the surrounding bone starts growing cells that become new bone. The braces make sure that the new bone forms in the right place for better jaw movement. ...

  10. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Cause

    Malocclusion (poor bite) is usually caused by problems in the shape or size of the jaw or teeth. If children have a small jaw, their teeth may grow into a space that is too small.

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Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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