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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

March 2007
Volume 38 , Issue 3

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A unique treatment of finger-sucking habit in children with mental retardation: Report of 2 cases

A. Osman Bengi, DDS, PhD / Seniz Karacay, DDS, PhD / Günseli Güven, DDS, PhD

PMID: 17510725

Finger-sucking habit, or nonnutritive sucking, usually ceases spontaneously in childhood. If the habit is not broken, however, not only will dental occlusion be affected, but the shape of the finger may be altered as well. When the habit is broken, the threatening disturbances of digital growth and dental occlusion will resolve spontaneously. This article describes a unique type of habit-breaking appliance applied on the sucked fingers of 2 children with mental retardation. The advantages of this type of extraoral appliance are discussed. (Quintessence Int 2007;38:172.e158–163)

Key words: acrylic appliance, finger-sucking habit, habit breaker, mentally retarded children

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