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Are there dental problems that go along with this connective tissue disorder? | The Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation

Are there dental problems that go along with this connective tissue disorder?

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There are numerous dental problems that may occur: cross-bite, narrow palate, cysts, peg, discolored teeth, jaw pain and clicking, periodontal and needing braces (i.e., orthodontics). There was a study on the prevalence of oral problems reported among a large group of adults with in the EDS group who had daily pain in the masticatory muscles. The study suggestedg that a decline in psychological well-being was also more common in the EDS group. It is important that dental practitioners should be aware of the oral problems associated with EDS and the impact the disease has on quality of life. 

Resources:  [Hagberg C et al. "Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) focusing on oral symptoms: a questionnaire study." Orthod Craniofac Res. 2004 Aug;7(3):178–85.]

Dental findings have been reported with some types of EDS. This case report describes the periodontal findings in a patient with a previously undiagnosed EDS type VIII. Periodontal involvement may lead to the diagnosis of an underlying systemic condition. Identification of suspected etiological factors of periodontal disease may prove critical for the general well-being of some patients. 

Resources:  [Perez LA et al. "Treatment of periodontal disease in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. A case report and literature review." J Periodontol. 2002 May;73(5):564–70.]

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