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  1. 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.

  2. Extracting Teeth for Malocclusion Treatment - Topic Overview

    Serial extraction is the carefully planned and selective removal of baby ( primary ) teeth to create room for incoming permanent ( secondary ) teeth. The reason dentists or orthodontists consider removing teeth is because after age 8,the space for a child's teeth (arch length) doesn't increase. 1 Severe crowding of teeth at this age means that permanent teeth are likely to come in out of ...

  3. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Exams and Tests

    During routine dental visits, your dentist typically looks for developing malocclusion. Talk with your dentist about any oral habits (such as a child's use of a pacifier) or difficulties with speech, chewing, or pain. Your dentist may suggest an orthodont

  4. Mouth Guards for Sports - Topic Overview

    Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth,protectively molding around the upper teeth. Use of a mouth guard can prevent dental and jaw injury during sports. Dental injury may lead to misalignment of the teeth ( malocclusion ). Although some amateur sports,such as football,field hockey,ice hockey,lacrosse,and boxing,require the use of mouth ...

  5. 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.

  6. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Topic Overview

    Learn more about malocclusion (crooked teeth) and other dental problems.

  7. 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

  8. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Other Treatment

    Learn about restorative dentistry -- crowns -- as an option for treating malocclusion.

  9. 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). ...

  10. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Treatment Overview

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

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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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