QUESTION: SHOULD I BE WORRIED IF MY CHILD’S TEETH ARE COMING IN CROOKED?
by DP Dental’s Dr Yue Weng Cheu
QUESTION: SHOULD I BE WORRIED IF MY CHILD’S TEETH ARE COMING IN CROOKED
QUESTION: Should I be worried if my child’s teeth are coming in crooked?
DR. YUE WENG CHEU: It is essential to understand that the position of teeth depends on the function of the lips, tongue and cheek. Keep in mind that the way the baby teeth erupt does not determine their final position.
So if you notice your child’s baby teeth are not straight, you should take note of the position of the tongue and check whether there is mouth breathing habit. Use of pacifier and thumb sucking can affect the tongue posture. Of course, there are some genetic influences but it will not affect more than 30% of the outcome. We can still use habit correction to ensure a better outcome of growth and development of the jaw and for the better alignment of teeth.
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