Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 272--275

Dermatoglyphics: An indicator of dental caries in humans


BR Chinmaya1, BV Smitha2, Shourya Tandon1, Charu Khurana1 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), Haryana, India
2 Department of Periodontics and Implantology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
B R Chinmaya
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, SGT University, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), Haryana
India

Introduction: Fingerprint analysis for personal identification is well-known, as it is unique to all individuals and remains unchanged over a lifetime. Now it is getting identified as a useful tool in understanding the basic questions in genetics and is emerging as an independent field in dentistry as dermatoglyphics. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess if any relationship can be established between fingerprint patterns with dental caries. Materials and Methods: A total of 76 dental students aged 18–26 years were selected using simple random sampling. Their fingerprints were recorded with duplicating InkPad and analyzed by Cummins Method and caries experience was clinically assessed by decayed, missing, and filled teeth index. Results: The dental caries experience was highest among students with whorl pattern (μ = 2.82) followed by the central pocket loop (μ = 2.60) and least among students with loop pattern (μ = 1.58). Furthermore, a significant relationship between twin loop pattern and dental caries was noticed (μ = 2.41); however, a negative correlation was observed for loops and arches with dental caries. Conclusion: The dental caries experience of an individual was associated fingerprints. Dermatoglyphics may be considered as a indicator of dental caries in humans.


How to cite this article:
Chinmaya B R, Smitha B V, Tandon S, Khurana C. Dermatoglyphics: An indicator of dental caries in humans.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2016;14:272-275


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Chinmaya B R, Smitha B V, Tandon S, Khurana C. Dermatoglyphics: An indicator of dental caries in humans. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 May 6 ];14:272-275
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