Health Tip: Raising the Risk of Overbite

By on September 23, 2010

An overbite, which doctors call malocclusion, occurs when the top teeth extend too far over the bottom teeth.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says risk factors for overbite include:

  • A family history of the condition.
  • Birth defects or injuries that affect the structure or size of the jaw.
  • Childhood activities including use of a pacifier, sucking a thumb or using a bottle for too long.
  • Abnormalities of the teeth.
  • Dental or orthodontic treatments (such as braces, crowns or fillings) that don’t fit well.
  • A tumor in the jaw or mouth.

Source: HealthDay

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