Have you checked your teeth lately?

18 Oct 2000 | By Santha K. Davis

For those of you who did not know it October is known as National Orthodontics Health Month, so it is very important that Marines and their family members schedule appointments to learn more about orthodontics prevention. Taking care of one's teeth is a high priority in preventing the Marines from developing such conditions as congenitally missing teeth, crowding, lower protrusion, lower protrusion, lower retrusion, spacing, upper protrusion, and upper retrusion. Their children may also experience congenitally missing teeth, crossbite, crowding, extra teeth, lower protrusion, lower retrusion, open bite, skeletal abnormalities, thumb-sucking and "tongue-thrusting, upper protrusion and upper retrusion conditions if not screened appropriately by an Orthodontist. In defining dental irregularities which occur in both adults and children congenitally missing teeth is a condition which permanent teeth are congenitally missing or have been extracted; Crowding consist of the teeth being crooked, turned or overlapped; Lower protrusion involves the lower front teeth or lower jawbone being positioned abnormally forward; Lower retrusion is defined as teeth being severely tipped inward of lower front teeth or lower jawbone; Spacing is when the teeth are smaller than the available jawbone, and spacing between teeth can occur; Upper protrusion is when upper front teeth tip inward severely or upper jawbone too far back. Children normally experience having congenitally missing teeth which is defined as baby or permanent teeth that are congenitally missing; Open bite is a gap between upper and lower front or side teeth; Skeletal abnormalities is abnormal jawbone formations; Thumb-sucking and "tongue-thrusting is abnormal muscular habits which significantly warp teeth and bones in the children's teeth.Remember, an Orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has first earned a dental degree and then completed approved university or hospital postgraduate Orthodontic training that makes him or her capable of providing optimal Orthodontic care.It is also important for Marines to know creating a beautiful smile is one sure way to improve the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem. All Marines should keep in mind if their teeth are left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to an improper bite, tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. As a result of having crooked teeth it can also lead to a decrease in one's personal self-image. For more treatment information Marines should visit their local base medical facility. Their family members must contact TRICARE medical services at 1 (800) 866-8499 or visit website support of every Marines' orthodontics health and wellness, article attributions are credited to website
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