Aim: To find the relationship between dermatoglyphics pattern and dental caries in punjab population. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted on the total of 100 subjects, 50 females, 50males in age group between 15- 20 years and persons with dental caries in 3 or more teeth based on DMFT index were included in the study. The fingerprints were recorded and statistical analysis was performed. Results: 1. Fingerprints of male showed more no of loop patterns. 2. Based upon caries index male population was found to have more caries as compared to females. 3. A significant increase in dental caries was associated with loop pattern. Conclusion: Dermatoglyphics can prove to be an extremely useful tool for preliminary investigations.
Keywords: Dermatoglyphics; Dental Caries; DMFT Index.