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2019 Annual Session Conference

Stop That! Recognizing and Responding to the Patient with Destructive Oral Habits

May 5, 2019 1:10pm ‐ May 5, 2019 2:10pm


Oral habits such as nail biting, gingival picking, and digit sucking contribute to poor oral health and can adversely affect orthodontic outcomes. This presentation focusing on common oral habits will include: habit recognition, triage of habit severity and significance, approach to a patient who may have shame attached to the habit, and treatment modalities ranging from behavioral interventions to oral appliances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize clinical signs of destructive oral habits.
  • Discuss an oral habit with a patient in a collaborative and supportive manner.
  • Outline the benefits and risks of various treatment options aimed at habit cessation.


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