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.
Last Update: January 2021
Dr Liz Marder, Consultant Paediatrician , Community and Neurodisability.
Presentations at DSMIG Meetings
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Down’s Syndrome Association Health Series leaflet
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
Edited by Richard Newton , Shiela Puri and Liz Marder