We have several patients who have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), one of our lovely patients asked us to write about EDS, as she said that there was very little information about EDS and dental treatment available.
Here is information that we have managed to find, I hope it helps you!
While most people with EDS don’t have lots of mouth problems it can affect teeth, gums and jaw joints due to the connective tissue problems.
Attending the dentist/hygienist regularly is a must for EDS patients to keep treatments short in length and to catch problems early. Often patients can easily be treated at the surgery for routine maintenance. However, we can also arrange for appropriate referrals for further complex treatments.
Teeth should be cleaned twice a day including in between care i.e. floss, little brushes. Electric toothbrushes are a helping hand to remove plaque and with the small head stops people from opening too wide. Closing down to brush helps to protect the jaw joint from over extending in hypermobility cases. When gums get very thin and sore soft manual toothbrushes are kinder but teeth and gums must be cleaned to prevent plaque from building up.
It is very difficult to avoid sugar in today’s world but reducing in between meal snacking, sticky sweets and sugary drinks will help. If your tooth cleaning is good this will also reduce the impact of sugars.
Fluoride in toothpastes and mouthwashes will help protect the surface of the enamel. Ask for advice on the best products for your age and susceptibility to decay.
The best way that EDS patients are treated is with understanding, empathy and good communication with patients, families and dental professionals. If you would like a free coffee and a chat to talk about how we can help you with your EDS and dental treatment just call us on 01323 325397.
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