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Orthodontics Ask The Dentist - Edward Leventhal Question:
My boyfriend has a bad overbite. He can not close his mouth when he sleeps. He has a 10 year old son with the same overbite. If we get married and have children, what are the chances that our children will have this same overbite?

Is there any way to prevent this from happening to future children. Also, at what age should a child get dental help for an overbite? ...Visitor from NJ

Answer:
Your son should see an orthodontist because now is the ideal time to treat his overbite. You cannot prevent this from happening, but you can have this treated by an orthodontist. A first visit to the orthodontist should be when the child is around 7 years of age. The orthodontist then can advise you on what to do afterwards.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300



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