(HealthDay News) -- A "bad bite," medically called malocclusion,
occurs when the jaw becomes out of alignment due to crowded or
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.