Does Dermatoglyphics An Essential Tool for Predicting Dental Caries? - A Systematic Review
Keywords:Dermatoglyphics, Finger print, Dental caries, Streptococcus mutans.
Background: Dermatoglyphics is one the vital tool which helps to predict many systemic diseases including
oral problems. Dental caries seems to be a major problem overall the globe. The best way to manage this
condition is only early diagnosis.
Aim: This study aims to assess whether dermatoglyphics effective in predicting dental caries.
Materials and Method: A systematic review of controlled trials was performed. The data were hand
searched using electronic databases and the 328 number of articles were screened. The intervention and
outcomes were assessed in the study included for systematic review. The bias assessment of the articles was
done by using Newcastle Ottowa scale.
Results: Seventeen cross-sectional studies were included in our systematic reviews. Of that sixteen articles
were found to be statistically significant, but further studies should be done in other countries to prove the
association between dermatoglyphic pattern and dental caries.
Conclusion: The pattern of dermatoglyphics was found to be very effective in predicting dental caries and
thereby prevent the caries formation at an incipient stage.
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