Dermatoglyphics is the study of unique lines and patterns on the palms, fingers, soles, and toes of an individual. They have been traditionally used for foretelling the future. Later they were used extensively in forensic medicine. Today, these patterns have found their way in such an emphatic manner in the field of medicine, and are being utilized as a preliminary diagnostic tool for conditions with a genetic base. These patterns are individually unique, permanent and remain unchanged from cradle to grave. These patterns are formed in early weeks of fetal life, after which they remain unaffected by genetic and environmental forces. Thus, they can help in the assessment of intrauterine irregularities and prenatal detection of disorders. However, this branch is still in its infancy and requires further research to validate its role in the field of medicine. This article aims to highlight the correlation between dermatoglyphic features and malocclusion.
Key words: Dermatoglyphics, finger prints, malocclusion.