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J Dent Res Dent Clin Dent Prospects. 2019;13(3): 172-176.
doi: 10.15171/joddd.2019.027
PMID: 31857862
PMCID: PMC6904911
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Case Report

A fixed intraoral nail biting habit-breaker appliance: A case report of a novel approach to prevent onychophagia

Shankhanil Dev 1 * ORCID logo, Ananya Pal 2, Shabnam Zahir 1, Gautam Kumar Kundu 1

1 Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Science and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Science and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Abstract

Onychophagia or nail biting is the performance of repetitive actions of biting one’s nails often to the level of mutilation of the nail beds. It is a compulsive act most often seen in adolescents but may continue into adulthood, leading to deleterious consequences. Often spurred by anxiety and stress, this oral habit is not so readily addressed by patients and in turn not very much treated by dentists or physicians. This case report describes successful treatment of an adolescent patient with a nail biting habit, with an innovative intraoral fixed habit-breaker appliance.
Keywords: Appliance, habit-breaker, onychophagia
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Submitted: 11 Nov 2018
Accepted: 07 Apr 2019
ePublished: 05 Dec 2019
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