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Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

November/December 2001
Volume 32 , Issue 10

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Factitial (self-induced) gingival disease: Four case reports

Elif Sepet, PhD/Isin Ulukapi, PhD/Zeynep Aytepe, PhD/Ihsan Cebeci, PhD/Zeynep Aydogmus, PhD

Pages: 762-765
PMID: 11820044

Bizarre-appearing gingival recessions that do not correspond to any known gingival disease or oral manifestation of any known systemic disease are called factitial (self-induced) gingival disease. Psychological factors are very important in their etiology. Generally, the lesions occur during the time the child is experiencing stress associated with the frustration of his or her dependency needs. Four cases of self-induced gingival recessions involving children aged 4 to 6 years are presented and investigated from the pedodontic, periodontologic, and psychiatric viewpoints.

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