RURS’ ELBOW GUARD: A STATE-OF-THE-ART TREATMENT OF DIGIT SUCKING HABIT IN A CHILD WITH PRIMARY DENTITION

  • Dr. Ruby Shah Private practitioner, MDS-Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry Mumbai
Keywords: Digit sucking /Thumb sucking habit, Dento-facial malformations, RURS’Elbow Guard

Abstract

Digit sucking habit is a learned pattern of behavior commonly seen in children of preschool age. Prolonged digit sucking beyond the preschool age, lead to the development of malocclusion such as anterior open bite, maxillary constriction and posterior crossbite.

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Published
2014-07-31
Section
Case Report