Spec Care Dentist 31(3): 114-118, 2011
Successful prevention of oral self-mutilation using a lip guard: a case report
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2011
©2011 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 114–118, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Kumar, P. and Bhojraj, N. (2011), Successful prevention of oral self-mutilation using a lip guard: a case report. Special Care in Dentistry, 31: 114–118. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2011.00188.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2011
- self-injurious behavior (SIB);
- oral mutilation;
- lip injury;
- lip guard
Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is causing deliberate harm to the body without suicidal intent; this problem occurs in a number of psychiatric, behavioral, and developmental disorders.
This report describes the case of a girl, aged 19 months, whose lower lip injuries due to SIB were successfully treated through the use a combination of extraoral and intraoral prostheses. A custom-made lip guard with a custom-made adjustable head strap was effective in the management of the lip trauma. SIB was prevented and there was no recurrence even at the 17-month follow-up appointment.