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Carl and Walker Family Dentistry February 2014 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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Malocclusion and Its Effects on You
If you go to the dentist and hear the term malocclusion, you might start to worry as it does sound serious. While any dental issue is considered important, malocclusion means that you have a bad bite. There could be a variety of reasons for the poor bite, each of which could make it very difficult for you to keep your teeth clean and free from the risk of gum disease.

Reasons for Malocclusion

Most often, a bad bite is noticed during the early elementary years when kids start getting their permanent teeth - typically between the ages of 6 and 12. Sometimes the issue is overlooked causing you to have problems well into your adulthood. There are a variety of reasons that children and adults have a poor bite including:
•  An overcrowded mouth that does not leave enough room for yet to erupt teeth
•  Severely crooked teeth
•  Misaligned jaws

How Bad Bites Affect You

Some people do not think that they need to be worried with their bad bite, but it can have long term effects. Teeth that are not aligned properly can make it difficult to keep them clean, leaving you more susceptible to cavities and gum disease. In addition, you could also be at risk for:
•  Fractured teeth
•  Malformed jaw lines
•  Difficulty with proper speech
•  Difficulty eating certain foods

If you feel your bite is not properly aligned, talk to your dentist today. Adults can have their bites corrected, but the earlier that you have it done, the fewer problems you will have in the future.
Gum Stimulation is Essential for Healthy Gums
It is very important to pay close attention to the health of your gums, not just your teeth, as gum disease can be serious. When you practice oral hygiene on a daily basis, you should take the time to use an interdental device to stimulate the gums. When you circulate the area between your teeth and gums on a daily basis, you help to prevent your gums from harboring bacteria and causing gum disease. There are a variety of interdental devices available, make sure to find one that is gentle yet effective on your gums, allowing you to reduce swelling and bleeding that gums can experience from harmful bacteria.

Teaching Kids How to Use Toothpaste
Kids can get overzealous when it comes to toothpaste; some brands are made to taste good to make kids excited about brushing their teeth. If your kids are less than 6 years old, it is important to keep a close eye on the amount that they use. Only a small amount, such as half the size of your pinky nail, is necessary to properly clean their teeth. When you shop for the right toothpaste for your child, look for those products that are approved by the ADA (American Dental Association). Products approved by the ADA ensure that toothpaste is considered safe and yet will do an effective job in removing bacteria and preventing cavities in your child's teeth.

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3120 Pacific Place SW, Albany, OR 97321



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