Malocclusion, or bad bite, often becomes noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, as the child’s permanent (adult) teeth erupt. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. As a result, children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. By then, they have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and their permanent (adult) teeth. Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present. That’s why regular dental examinations are important.
Bruce S. Smith, DDS
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What medications help treat malocclusion?
Orthodontic treatment is the best way to treat malocclusion, or bad bite. Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results.
How does desensitizing toothpaste work?
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result for both can be hypersensitivity.
One way to treat sensitive teeth is by using desensitizing toothpaste, which contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. It usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
There are many reasons your teeth may be sensitive. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.
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