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How can I help prevent malocclusion?

Regular visits to the dentist are the best way to prevent problems. Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present. Treatment that begins for malocclusion, or bad bite, while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. Thumb-sucking, losing teeth prematurely and accidents also can lead to teeth that are crowded or crooked.

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