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Research Article | Open Access
Volume 15 2023 | None
UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR IN PRE ADOLESCENTS: A CASE SERIES OF ENTRAPPED FOREIGN OBJECTS IN TEETH
Dhwani Sreekumar
Pages: 226-233
Abstract
Aim: This article aims to discuss four case reports of rare and unusual behaviour in pre adolescents in dental scenario along with the psychological reasoning behind their behaviour. Background: Pre adolescence is briefly between 9 to 11 years of age. It is a time period with multiple transitions. They have their own set of age typical goals to gain an identity among their peer groups. This may lead to problem behaviour and a tendency for risk taking actions. One such action encountered in dentistry is entrapping of foreign objects into the teeth. It can be self harming and considered socially unacceptable. Case description: This article is a case series encountered in the dental practice. Social changes in the environment of pre adolescents responsible for their unusual behaviour are discussed in this article along with a review of management with such cases. Conclusion: As pediatric dentists, understanding the psychological aspect responsible for the development of self embedding behaviours is paramount so we can attempt behaviour modification and parent counselling to help avoid these self harming acts and improve the quality of the child’s life. Clinical significance: Foreign objects in teeth are a rare finding and are classified under self harming and risk taking behaviours. Although innumerable articles have discussed the management of such cases, the psychological aspect is often ignored, rarely reported or even misdiagnosed.
Keywords
entrapped foreign object, pre adolescent, risk taking behaviour, self embedding behaviour
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