Aside from premature loss of deciduous teeth, harmful habits and oral dysfunctions are the most common causes of acquired dental malocclusion. Usage of pacifier and thumb sucking deforms the upper dental arch resulting in an open bite, posterior cross bite or deep overbite.
The oral screen facilitates elimination of harmful oral habits and prevent dysfunctions and malocclusion in the deciduous and mixed dentition. It is a prevention appliance that even if there is no obvious malocclusion, harmful sucking habits are eliminated with the aid of oral screen.
May Diaz, DMD
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