Dental

Overview

Dental anomalies are common in people with Down syndrome. Differences in development and structure of teeth with other head and neck features of the syndrome lead to differences in oral and dental health. Children and young people may not experience as much dental decay as their non-affected peers, but are more prone to gum disease. Treatment may be particularly challenging because of associated developmental, behavioural or medical issues. Preventative dental health care is therefore particularly important.

Presentations at DSMIG Meetings


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Additional Resources

Oral health care

Down’s Syndrome Association Health Series leaflet

The Down syndrome patient in dental practice, part I: Pathogenesis and general and dental features.

Kieser J, Townsend G, Quick A.

NZ Dent J. 2003 Mar;99(1):5-9.

 

Book Chapter – Oral and Dental Health

Liz Marder and June Nunn

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ds-current-perspectives-book-coverDown Syndrome – Current Perspectives

Edited by Richard Newton , Shiela Puri and Liz Marder