Habit Therapy

What is Habit Therapy?

Two of the most common oral habits include thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Both of these habits can have a negative impact on the way that your child’s teeth look. With proper habit therapy using a simplistic oral device, we can help to deter from continuing the behavior. The appliance is worn for weeks or several months as a way to retrain your child and to put a stop to bad habits.

Why is Habit Therapy necessary?

Thumb sucking as well as tongue thrusting can have a serious impact on your child’s oral health. Both habits can cause a problem known as an open bite, which causes a space between the upper and lower teeth. Open bites often require extensive orthodontic problems that require a lot of treatment to fix. Likewise, airway and breathing issues can be related to an open bite.
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    a month ago
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    2 weeks ago
    Dr Dixon and his staff have always been so thoughtful and conscientious with our children. He has always been available to us when there’s been an emergency. I appreciate that he is supportive of our choices as parents to be cautious as times, and having a “let’s monitor it and see” approach at other times.
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    a month ago
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    a month ago
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Who is a candidate for Habit Therapy?

Dr. Chris Dixon will examine your child’s teeth as well as ask you questions regarding their habits. Oftentimes, an open bite is visible when the child sucks their thumb and the teeth may look flared out when they thrust their tongue continuously. It is important to consider treatment for your child as soon as possible to prevent the problem from getting worse. Treatment is easy, quick and has been proven to be incredibly effective.

What happens during the Habit Therapy procedure?

The habit therapy process begins with a consultation so that we can get to know you and your child. Depending on the age of the child as well has the habit, treatment can range from monitoring the situation allowing for more growth, behavior guidance strategies, to a referral to an Orthodontist for early intervention therapy. Treatment is considered finished once the behavior has stopped completely. If you think your child would benefit from Habit Therapy, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.

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