What Is Overcrowding?
Overcrowding occurs when there is a mismatch between the size of the jaws and the size of the teeth. The teeth cannot fit in a regular arched form. The teeth that erupt later find their position already occupied and they erupt out of position. Some teeth may not erupt at all for lack of space.
What Does Overcrowding Do?
Overcrowding disrupts the visual harmony of the teeth. It can force teeth to tilt, rotate and erupt out of position. Stains. plaque and tartar are sometimes difficult to access and clean. Tooth decay follows and is more difficult to treat because of poor access.The bite will be uneven and irregular.
What Do I Do To Stop Overcrowding?
- Some cases of overcrowding are hereditary and cannot be prevented.
- Regular early dental care allows the dentist to note any tendency to overcrowding and treat or refer for an orthodontic opinion where necessary.
- Be sure to take good care of the baby teeth and have them regularly checked and maintained. Baby teeth maintain space and guide the underlying permanent teeth into the correct position. This space and guidance is lost if baby teeth are lost early. When the permanent tooth begins to erupt its space is gone, overcrowding results.