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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bad Teeth Can Be the #1 Target of Bullying

Bad Teeth Can Be the #1 Target of Bullying

A study published in the leading orthodontic journal (American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Dec 2013) reveals a significant percentage of children experiencing bullying as a result of dental and/or facial appearance. According to the study, the four most commonly reported dental-facial features targeted by bullies were spacing between the teeth, missing teeth, the shape or color of the teeth, and prominent upper anterior (front) teeth.
Teeth were the number one targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by the child’s strength and weight. Early orthodontic treatment of a child being bullied can have a major beneficial psychological effect, and the improvement in self-esteem can begin within the first month of treatment. Many patients have reported that bullying and teasing stop once the treatment starts as the peers see it as a work in progress.

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