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Identification of Digit Sucking and Other Habits in the Young Patient course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery

This session informs you of the aetiology of sucking habits and the factors that influence the prevalence of sucking habits. It also describes the potential effects of a persistent habit.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe how to detect and identify those patients with persistent and adverse habits
  • Identify dental and skeletal changes which may result from persistent and adverse habits
  • Identify those patients who require intervention or treatment

This session discusses the effects of a persistent and adverse habit on the developing dentition, along with identifying patients where support may be required to aid ceasing the habit.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have:

  • Knowledge of the developing dentition
  • Experience of history taking and orthodontic assessment
Instructors / Speakers
Fiona Dyer,
Consultant Orthodontist

Fiona Dyer BChD (Hons) FDS RCS (Eng) MOrth RCS, MClinDent (Sheffield) FOrth RCS trained at Leeds Dental School and graduated in 1989 with Distinction.

After house jobs and Senior house jobs in Maxillofacial Surgery, she spent 18 months in NHS practice in Bradford. She subsequently completed orthodontic training in 1997 in the South Yorkshire rotations, and Senior Registrar training between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Rotherham.

Fiona was a recipient of the MOrth Gold Medal Prize (1997) and Maurice Berman Prize (2001).

She was appointed as part-time Consultant Orthodontist in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2001, where she is currently the Training Programme Director for Orthodontics South Yorkshire and East Midlands. Since 2008, she has taken up one day per week in NHS orthodontic specialist practice.

She is currently Clinical Sub-editor for the Journal of Orthodontics and involved in two multicentre randomised controlled clinical trials.

Identification of Digit Sucking and Other Habits in the Young Patient course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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