Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18--24

Knowledge and attitude of pediatricians toward digit sucking habit in children


Vinod Kumar1, Veena Shivanna2, Rajkumar Chowdary Kopuri3 
1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Navodaya Dental College and Hospital, Raichur, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sri Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Geetanjali Dental College and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vinod Kumar
Department of Pedodontics, Navodaya Dental College and Hospital, Raichur - 584 103, Karnataka
India

Background: Finger sucking and prolonged dummy sucking are the most prevalent oral habits among infants, toddlers, and children. Pediatricians are more likely to see infants and children much earlier than dentists. Thus, it is essential for these specialists to be aware of the harmful nature of digit sucking habit and its associated complications. Aims and Objectives: The present study was designed to evaluate the knowledge and attitude among pediatricians about digit sucking habit in children. Methodology: The survey was carried out using a self-administered questionnaire which was delivered to the study subjects by hand or by mail. The returned questionnaires from the pediatricians were statistically analyzed using descriptive statistics (percentage). Results: This study showed that many respondents were unaware that oral habits could be responsible for malocclusion. A high percentage of respondents preferred not to examine oral features in digit sucking child. Among the etiological factor that may contribute to digit sucking habit in a child, most of the respondents expressed that habitual, psychological and inadequate parental care are possible causes. Most of the participants answered that parental and child counseling is essential to stop the habit. Most of the respondents did not refer the digit sucking child to the dentist for the better management of associated malocclusion. Conclusion: Knowledge and attitude among pediatricians about digit sucking habit in children were found to be unsatisfactory. Continuing dental education programs and symposiums can be conducted for pediatricians to enhance their knowledge about pernicious oral habits.


How to cite this article:
Kumar V, Shivanna V, Kopuri RC. Knowledge and attitude of pediatricians toward digit sucking habit in children.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2019;37:18-24


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Kumar V, Shivanna V, Kopuri RC. Knowledge and attitude of pediatricians toward digit sucking habit in children. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Oct 19 ];37:18-24
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