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Bite problems in children

A child’s permanent teeth start to come in around ages 6 to 8 and, if all goes well, the teeth come in straight with the top teeth slightly overlapping the bottom. The teeth will be properly spaced out and there won’t be any crowding or jutting.

Unfortunately, not all adult teeth come in perfectly, sometimes leading to a bad bite, or malocclusion. When this happens, it is very important to take the child to see a dentist or orthodontist to have their mouths checked out and treated. It is far better to try to fix the problem at an early stage than try to fix everything later.

Parents should be checking their children’s mouths as soon as the baby teeth start falling out and looking for these problems. Gaps and spacing problems should be noticeable right from the beginning. Teeth should come in right next to each other without a large gap or without pressing too close together.

Shutterstock 53946295 Bite problems are another early indicator that there may be some problems with the way the adult teeth are coming in. Here are some common malocclusions:

An Underbite is when the front bottom teeth bite in front of the front upper teeth.

An Open Bite is when there is a gap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.

A Deep Bite is when the upper teeth bite down too far over the lower teeth, which could also be a sign that the teeth are biting the soft palate of the mouth.

A Cross Bite can be either in the front, where some of the lower teeth bite in front of the upper teeth, or in the rear, where the lower teeth bite outside of the upper teeth.

If you’ve noticed any of these malocclusions in your child, come see Surrey’s best orthodontist and one experienced working with children’s orthodontics, Maduke-Bulat. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide early treatment that will result in an amazing smile.

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