Is there a link between dermatoglyphics and the Frankl behavior rating scale in the paediatric dental setting: A pilot study

Shital Kiran D. P.1image, Snehal M Ahire2image, Vinay Mulchandani3image, Vikram Jhamb4image, Mira Jani5image, Aum Joshi6image


Children who had fingerprints with the loop or whorl patterns were more likely to receive negative and positive evaluation of Frankl’s behaviour, respectively.

After determining the anticipated Frankl’s behaviour rating scale via dermatoglyphics, the pediatric dentist can plan the behaviour management techniques well in advance.

The pediatric dentist will benefit from knowing the anticipated child’s behaviour pattern prior to the initial dental visit.


Aim: Dermatoglyphics appears during the 12th and 13th weeks of pregnancy and persists throughout life. Fingerprints are blueprints for one’s personality; they can provide information about one’s perception, emotions, intellect, and motivation. Dermatoglyphic is a non-invasive and low-cost method of obtaining illness information. The aim of this study was to see if there was a link between distinct fingerprint patterns and Frankl’s behavior rating scale in children aged 6 to 12. Methods: A total of 52 participants between the ages of 6 and 12 years old received dental procedures and were scored using Frankl’s behavior rating scale. Children were divided into three groups: Group 1: Whorl, Group 2: Loops, and Group 3: Arches. After scanning fingerprints of 10 fingers with a SecuGen Hamster Pro 20 biometric finger scanner, the resulting fingerprint pattern types were compared to Frankl’s behavior rating scale. Results: Many non-cooperative participants had loop pattern fingerprints (46.4%), while most cooperative participants had whorl pattern fingerprints (58.3%). Conclusions: Children with a loop pattern fingerprint were more likely to receive a negative assessment. On the other hand, children with whorl patterns were more common among the positive participants.

Keywords: Behavior Rating Scale; Dermatoglyphics; Pediatric Dentistry

Author Affiliations

  1. Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India (Correspondence:
  2. Post graduate student, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India
  3. Reader, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India
  4. Reader, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India
  5. Senior Lecturer, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India
  6. Senior Lecturer, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, India
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Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):72-79

Received: 09 March 2022

Accepted: 14 August 2022

Online First: 21 August 2022


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					Shital Kiran D.P., Snehal M Ahire, Vinay Mulchandani, Vikram Jhamb, Mira Jani, Aum Joshi. Is there a link between dermatoglyphics and the Frankl Behavior Rating Scale in the Paediatric Dental Setting: A Pilot Study. Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):73-79

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