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How long does it take to eliminate a sucking habit?

March 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drfranklin @ 10:16 am

It depends upon FREQUENCY- the number of times the habit is practiced; INTENSITY- the amount or force applied to the teeth during sucking; and DURATION- the total amount of time spent sucking. Plus, the patient has to sincerely want to stop. It took this sweet 9 year old girl 18 months to eliminate her deleterious sucking habit but she did it!! Look at the improvement in her occlusion once she kicked the habit! International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)CERTIFIED Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists know how to eliminate sucking habits using positive reinforcement and no hurtful dental appliances. An increase in my patients’ self esteem and pride is also achieved.

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