6 Causes of Malocclusion

2. Overuse of soother, thumb-sucking

Children born to parents who are genetically predisposed to developing malocclusion should be discouraged from using a soother to excess, as this could increase the chances that a misalignment of the upper and lower jaw will take place.

But the soother is not the only cause of problems emerging during the early childhood stages. Parents should also watch out for extensive thumb-sucking or prolonged use of a bottle for feeding, as these can both cause the teeth and jaws to develop awkwardly, increasing the chances of malocclusion.

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