Background: Nail biting (NB) is a common, but unresolved, problem in psychiatry, psychology, medicine and dentistry. It is the habit of biting one’s nails, is commonly observed in both children and young adults Materials & Methods: The study was a comparative cross‑sectional microbiological study, conducted on the saliva samples of 40 chronic nail biting subjects in that 20 were males and 20 were females and 40 subjects without chronic nail-biting having male and 20 female subjects with age ranging from 10-16 years. Government and private schools in and around the city were selected. Results: The prevalence of enterobacteriaceae was higher in males than females and it was statistically significant E.coli was the most common enterobacteriaceae species found in chronic nail biting subjects Conclusion: Chronic nail biting habit was more in males than females. There was higher prevalence of enterobacteriaceae in chronic nail biting subjects than non-nail biters.
Key words: Nail biting (NB), Enterobacteriaceae species, E.coli, Male Female.
Corresponding author: Dr. Tarun Vyas, Senior Lecturer of Oral Medicine and Radiology, R R Dental College & Hospital, Umarda, Udaipur ( Rajasthan), India
This article may be cited as: Vyas T. Effect of chronic nail biting and non-nail biting habit on the oral carriage of Enterobacteriaceae. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2017;5(5):53-60.