You may have heard us talk about your child’s occlusion at her visits to our pediatric dental office in Long Island. Or perhaps your dentist has mentioned your own occlusion at your regular appointments. But what exactly are we talking about when we speak about occlusion? Is it something you should worried about? Let’s take a closer look at what occlusion means and examine a few concerns that are related to it.
Occlusion is just a fancy, scientific name dentists use to describe the bite, or how the upper teeth match up against the lower teeth when the mouth is closed or while chewing. You may have heard several ways we tend to classify a “bad bite” including crossbite, overbite, or underbite. All of these types of occlusion can lead to unique problems that should be corrected by a dental professional.
There are a variety of bite problems that happen, but in this blog we’re going to examine the three most common in children.
If you suspect any potential issues with your child’s bite, we welcome you to call our Long Island pediatric dental office to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to see your child and work with you both to determine what, if any, treatment would be appropriate to correct the bite for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.