Dental crowding and its causes

Besides a higher incidence of caries, people with such anomalies may have problems when to talk and can affect self-esteem.

The dental crowding is a problem that has been increasing in recent years in countries like Spain.

The crowding of the teeth referred to the teeth mounted on top of each other is caused by an incorrect diet, increased mouth breathing and acquired some bad habits, especially in childhood.

This type of deformity is due to the disparity between the size of the teeth and the inter-dental space needed to be aligned and, although the appearance of crowded teeth are a genetic component, there has been an increase in incidence of this problem can cause difficulty eating and talking and even oral health as a result of plaque buildup.

Therefore, and given that this crowding can be corrected at an early age, experts advise parents not to abuse bland foods such as cereals and baby food, because “eat these foods makes the muscles and bones to become weak and not develop properly. ” Experts advise going slowly adding more hard foods in the diet of children as apples or meat, so they start to chew.

Another practice that leads to the crowding is the finger sucking, which occurs when children suck their thumb, use pacifiers for longer than necessary or are still using the bottle after three years, which “can misplace the teeth and affect the palate.”

Besides a higher incidence of caries, people with such anomalies may have problems when speaking, by the difficulty experienced to properly pronounce some sounds, to eat as they do not chew well, and last but not least, can affect self-esteem to the point at which a person may see diminished confidence in himself for not being happy with their facial aesthetics.