Patients with EDS have specific oral implications that must be understood in order to safely treat them in the dental practice.
EDS gives rise to a spectrum of features affecting the mouth and teeth that may lessen one’s quality of life, and can have a significant impact upon oral health and mouth function.
About 50% of individuals with EDS have the ability to touch the tip of the nose with their tongue (Gorlin’s sign) – this is especially likely with classical and hypermobile EDS.
The oral mucosa may be thin, can easily tear and give rise to mouth ulcers (classical and hypermobile EDS). Dislocation of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) is a possible feature of classical, hypermobile EDS and possibly some subtypes of the arthrochalasia EDS.
An increased predisposition to gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) have been described in Type VIII disease, this having the potential to cause early tooth loss in adults.
Periodontal disease has also been suggested to worsen in classical and vascular EDS.
Vascular EDS Conference 2017
We are proud to announce that Annabelle's Challenge and Ehlers-Danlos Support UK will be jointly hosting the first ever UK Vascular EDS Conference on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017 in Manchester.
|Monday - Friday||09:00 - 18:00|
|Reg Charity No. 1157074|