What Causes Buck Teeth?

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What causes buck teeth? As a parent, is there anything you can do to help prevent your child from developing them? Gum  disease,  affected chewing and speech, jaw problems and even tooth loss may result from an overbite.

Protruding front teeth are usually a result of malocclusion (also known as an overbite), which can be naturally occurring or caused by thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, according to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), or bone loss from gum disease. Identifying the reason for the overbite will enable you to prevent it from worsening, and help reduce the progression of the condition.

Buck Teeth Causes

Tongue Thrusting

The AAPD describes tongue thrusting as "an abnormal tongue position and deviation from the normal swallowing pattern". If the tongue is thrust against the teeth for short spurts at a time, it probably won't affect the teeth's positioning. However, if the tongue consistently rests against the front teeth, the habit may result in an open bite or protruding incisors.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is another cause of buck teeth, says the American Dental Association. The force of the sucking may affect the mouth, teeth and palate alignment. Sometimes children grow out of the habit around the age of 2 to 4 years old. If they don't, parents may be able to deter the behavior. For example, parents can praise their little one if they go a while without sucking. Thumb sucking may also be a response to anxiety, so parents can try their best to soothe their child to eliminate the child's need to put their thumb in their mouth.

Natural Alignment

Sometimes, protruding teeth happen naturally and that's what causes buck teeth. An overbite can be hereditary. In that case, there's nothing parents can do to prevent buck teeth. What they can do, however, is schedule a visit with an orthodontist if it looks like the child's jaw and permanent teeth are crooked. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children visit the orthodontist by the time they have reached 7 years of age. An orthodontist will most likely be able to determine what your child's bite will look like. After this first consultation appointment, the orthodontist can formulate a treatment plan to correct the bite and get ready for braces, which would be applied between age 8 and 14.

Maintain Great Oral Hygiene

No matter someone's age or bite, great oral care habits are essential. It's best to start a great oral hygiene routine at a young age. Brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that's extra gentle on tooth enamel and helps fights cavities with clinically proven fluoride formula for children is a great place to start.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Top Oral Care Tips Related to ADULT ORTHODONTICS

  • Flossing – creating a flossing routine is important during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists and hygienists may recommend interdental brushes or floss threaders to make getting in between teeth easier.

  • Brushing routine – using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush are ideal for cleaning teeth with braces. Begin brushing at a 45-degree angle at the gum line using small circular motions. Then place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket. Finally, reposition the brush to brush the bottom of the bracket as well as the wire, angling the toothbrush up.

  • Fluoride mouthwash – after brushing and flossing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent cavities and white spots.

  • Mouthguards – wear a mouthguard if you play sports. Mouthguards can protect your cheeks and lips from serious cuts and can prevent damage to your braces or orthodontic appliance if you fall down or are hit in the face.

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