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Customized Bluegrass Appliance

Sharmila Surendran, Deepti Amarlal, Eapen Thomas

Citation Information : Surendran S, Amarlal D, Thomas E. Customized Bluegrass Appliance. World J Dent 2014; 5 (1):64-66.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1260

Published Online: 01-03-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



Digit sucking is a common childhood behavior, which has an adaptive value for children up to the fourth year of life. Chronic prolonged habit may cause deleterious effects on dentofacial structures. Reminder therapy using blue grass appliance has been proven successful to intercept thumb sucking habit.


Four cases of digit sucking were corrected by nonpunitive reminder therapy using customized blue grass appliance.

Results and conclusion

Four patients’ digit sucking habit ceased after the insertion of the customized bluegrass appliance. These appliances were very comfortable to the patient and successful in intercepting the habit within a short period of time. It is an effective treatment option with limited treatment complications.

How to cite this article

Surendran S, Amarlal D, Asokan S, Thomas E. Customized Bluegrass Appliance. World J Dent 2014;5(1):64-66.

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