4 Signs Your Child May Have a Poor Bite

4 Signs Your Child May Have a Poor Bite

Does your kid have crooked teeth? Does your kid have problem showing off his smile? Being a parent, you must have wondered if your child will need orthodontic braces. Malocclusion is the medical term used for a misalignment of your teeth and bite. Malocclusion is of various types, from crooked teeth to overbites.

Why do we have crooked teeth?

Some cases of having crooked teeth are genetic. Some are also because of lifestyle and the way we consume food. Here are some common causes:

Thumb sucking: most common habit found amongst children. This habit takes a serious toll on the oral hygiene and the structure of teeth in kids. Misalignment occurs as a result of continuous sucking of thumb which further causes “buck teeth”.

Extra adult teeth:  All have 32 teeth but some have an extra tooth which can also be genetic. These extra teeth always crowd the mouth making the structure go haywire and out of shape.

Different shapes of teeth: Even if jaw continues to grow after adult teeth all come in, it may be too late for the adult teeth to grow in straight line. If heredity has dictated large teeth, there may just never been enough room for all of those big teeth in the jaw resulting in different shapes of teeth.

When to see a pediatric dentist near you?

Whenever you have any dental problems you should definitely consult a dentist near you. Here are some reasons that you should never waste time going to a pediatric dentist:

  • Gum disease
  • Difficulty in maintaining hygiene of teeth and mouth
  • Foul breath
  • Pain in jaw and gums
  • Bleeding caused by abnormal eruption of teeth

Treatment by Brier Creek Dentists in Raleigh, NC

It’s very easy and mostly pain free treatments in cases of malocclusion. Our pediatric dentists treat with utmost care and only after proper diagnosis. Most of the treatments involve braces and mouth appliances. In very rare cases surgery is advisable. Pediatric dentists are specially trained professionals who specialize in the development, prevention, crowded teeth, bite, and jaws amongst kids.

There may be some restrictions based on the type of treatment. Discuss more with your dentist.