What are some of the conditions that might indicate my child should be seen by an orthodontist?
Why are my teeth wearing down on the surfaces and my fillings breaking? I also have jaw joint pain at times.
* Early or late loss of primary teeth
You may be grinding your teeth and have a condition called bruxism. About 15 percent of people have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw. Most people do it in their sleep, so it often goes undetected until a family member hears the grinding sound or a dentist notices symptoms. Visit your dentist if you have symptoms and ask about having a night guard made to help this condition before it causes severe damage to the teeth.
* Difficulty in chewing or biting * Mouth breathing * Thumb or finger sucking * Crowded, misplaced, or impacted teeth * Improper fit of jaws * Biting cheeks or biting into the roof of the mouth