Risk Assessment

Malocclusion Risk Assessment Table

Risk Factors Intervention Strategies
Physical: Examples
Familial tendency for malocclusion Early intervention
Conditions associated with malocclusion (e.g., cleft lip/palate) Early intervention
Variations in development (e.g., tooth eruption delays and malpositioned teeth) Early intervention
Congenital absence of teeth Early intervention
Mouthbreathing Management of mouthbreathing
Muscular imbalances Early therapy
Behavioral: Examples
Non nutritive sucking habits in children ages 4 and above Elimination of habit
Disease or Treatment Related: Examples
Loss of space owing to dental caries Early intervention for dental caries
Skeletal growth disorders (e.g., renal disease) Dental intervention as a part of medical care
Acquired problem from systemic condition or its therapy Dental intervention as a part of medical care
Musculoskeletal conditions (e.g., cerebral palsy) Dental intervention as a part of medical care
Injury Use of age-appropriate safety measures (e.g., car seats, booster seats, seat belts, stair gates, mouth guards) and treatment of injury

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