The Impact of Malocclusion on Hard and Soft Tissue Health

by Carli Elisabetta and Lardani Lisa

The most recent international guidelines in paediatric dentistry emphasise the importance of early monitoring of the developing dentition and occlusion in children because the evaluation of tooth eruption and the development of the deciduous and then permanent dentition is necessary for the maintenance of the general health of the paediatric patient. It may therefore be necessary to taking action from an early age with interceptive orthodontic treatment. The application of orthodontic appliances necessary for early treatment of malocclusions increases the risk of caries, risk of demineralisation on hard tissue and gingivitis in paediatric patients. The dental hygienist therefore has a fundamental motivational role during interceptive orthodontic treatment in following and educating the young patient and parents with targeted and individualised therapeutic protocols to be carried out in the dental office, with personalised check-ups, and at home to decrease risk of hard and soft tissue.

Learning Objectives

After this lecture, you will be able to learn about the impact of malocclusion on soft and hard tissues
After this lecture, you will be able to prevent and manage early hard and soft tissue injuries in childhood
After this lecture, you will be able to manage and motivate the orthodontic patient in developmental age