Hello! I’m Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth, DDS, of Oceanside Dental Excellence in Oceanside. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 2018. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion or a bad bite.
Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well.
If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related troubles. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.
The domino effect of these issues can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and ability to perform their job.
Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty pricey to treat.
There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first, you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to speak with Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth. Call 760-439-3400 to schedule a consultation and exam.
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