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ORTHODONTICS Causes of malocclusion Sir, in response to the letter from S. Rudge1 (representative of the British Orthodontic Society – BOS), my concerns are that: 1. The orthodontic profession does not yet know the causes of the malocclusion 2. Whilst the profession provides orthodontic therapy for approximately 30% of the population, including in some(More)
This article proposes a possible syndrome, craniofacial dystrophy (CFD), as one of the underlying causes of malocclusion and a range of other symptoms. These symptoms have seen a dramatic rise in the twentieth century, lack a clear aetiology and are currently treated symptomatically. Over the last 10,000 years there has been a progressive downswing in the(More)
extensive research into the practice of orthodontics. Huge advances have been made, however there still remains scope to further explore key aspects of orthodontic theory. Arguably, several pertinent facts have escaped investigation: • There is still no known cause (aetiology) in most cases of malocclusion • There is no cure and permanent retention is now(More)
Sir, I write in response to Prof Moskowitz’s letter Orthodontic stimulus (BDJ 2010; 208: 439). The aetiology of malocclusion must be the most fundamental of all the unexplained areas in orthodontics, and without it we lack a scientifi c foundation upon which to build our philosophy. Orthodontists and many of the dental profession have made the assumption(More)
Sir, I write in response to Dr McKeever.1 1) We are in agreement that during the last epoch of human development (from farming to civilisation) malocclusion, or deviation in dental arrangement, has changed from rare to endemic and this is largely due to the environment. 2) Dr McKeever also suggests that any debate would have to consider a more complex(More)
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