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Tongue thrusting habit: A review

Suchita Madhukar Tarvade, Sheetal Ramkrishna


Oral habits are learned patterns of muscle contraction and have a very complex nature. They are associated with anger, hunger, sleep, tooth eruption and fear. Some children even display oral habits for release of mental tension. These habits might be non-nutritive sucking (thumb, finger, pacifier and/or tongue), lip biting and bruxism events. Tongue thrust is the most common of them, these habits can result in damage to dento-alveolar structure hence causes and its management plan is important to every clinician.


Habits; oral habits; tongue thrust

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