(HealthDay News) -- A "bad bite," medically called malocclusion, occurs when the jaw becomes out of alignment due to crowded or crooked teeth.
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The American Dental Association says these problems may result if the condition is left untreated in children:
- Difficulty cleaning teeth and gums, potentially resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
- Unhealthy development of the jaw.
- Increased risk of chips, fractures and abnormal wear among teeth that aren't properly aligned.
- Speech and eating difficulties.
-- Diana Kohnle
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