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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Topic Overview

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

  4. 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

  5. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Other Treatment

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

  6. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Treatment Overview

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

  7. Treatment for Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Orthognathic surgery treats malocclusion ("poor bite") by restructuring the jaw through cutting the bone and repositioning the bone segments. Adults who have jaw-related malocclusion are sometimes offered a choice between simple orthodontic treatment and orthodontic treatment combined with orthognathic surgery. Adults who have severe jaw problems may need surgery to improve their looks and how ...

  8. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Surgery

    Surgery to create better alignment between an adult's upper and lower jaw is sometimes combined with orthodontic treatment for malocclusion.

  9. When to Treat Malocclusion - Topic Overview

    Many treatment options are available for malocclusion ("poor bite"),and expert opinions differ about timing. Your dentist or orthodontist may give you a choice between early or later treatment or may prefer one particular approach. However,consider these points: An underdeveloped lower jaw (mandible) is best treated as soon as a child is old enough to cooperate with treatment (age 5 or ...

  10. Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of malocclusion.

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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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