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Non-nutritive Sucking Habits of Preschool Children in Daejeon

박승효 1 LEE NAN YOUNG 2 LEE, SANG-HO 2 CHEONG HYE RAN 3

1조선대학교 치과대학 소아치과학교실
2조선대학교
3동아인재대학교 치위생과

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of non-nutritive sucking in preschool children inDaejeon. This study assessed the relationship between contributing factors influencing the prevalence of nonnutritivesucking. Also, the effects of non-nutritive sucking on the primary dentition were investigated. The study included 841 children 18~65 months of age that visited a pediatric private dental clinic for oralexamination. Both children and their guardians were surveyed. It was found that 32.8% of children exhibited non-nutritive sucking, and 37.7% of females displayed thisbehavior. The number of females showing this behavior was significantly greater than that of males. The prevalencedecreased significantly with the breast-feeding period, and there was no association with either birth rankor maternal occupation. Finger sucking (62.6%) was more prevalent and of longer duration than pacifier sucking (37.4%). Malocclusion of the primary dentition was associated with the duration of this behavior.

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