| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2008 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 114-117
Distribution of malocclusion types among thumb suckers seeking orthodontic treatment
SP Singh, A Utreja, HS Chawla
Oral Health Sciences Center, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
The present study was conducted to evaluate the influence of thumb sucking and its duration on the type of malocclusion. A total of 410 North Indian individuals between ages 12-30 years, 161 males and 249 females were examined. A specially designed proforma was used to record the detailed history of the individual. Among the etiological factors it was found that history of thumb sucking was present in 13.9% and significantly related to Class II div 1 malocclusion. When thumb sucking exceeded 18 months, it was found statistically significant (P < 0.1) in Class II skeletal malocclusion, in open bite (P < 0.1) and in extreme overjet
(P < 0.5).
Conclusion: If thumb sucking is not treated early, it can cause skeletal Class II malocclusion, anterior open bite and excessive overjet.
S P Singh
Oral Health Sciences Center, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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