Article: Volume 42 Number 8 Page 779 - October 2015

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Paediatric dentistry:  Ectodermal Dysplasia: A Clinical Overview for the Dental Practitioner

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Abstract: The term ectodermal dysplasia (ED) is used to describe a group of rare congenital disorders characterized by abnormalities of two or more ectodermal structures such as the skin, hair, nails, teeth and sweat glands. This paper will give an overview of the aetiology of ED and describe the manifestations and dental management of this condition. In particular, the important role of the dental practitioner in the identification and management of patients with ED will be highlighted.

Clinical relevance: Dental practitioners should be aware of the oral features of ectodermal dysplasia and be able to make timely referrals and provide appropriate continuing care for these patients.

Author notes: Tina Halai, BDS (KCL), MJDF RCS(Eng), Specialty Dentist in Paediatric Dentistry and Claire Stevens, BDS(Brist), MFDS RCS(Ed), MPaedDent RCPS, MPhil(Newc), FDS(Paed Dent) RCS(Ed), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Child Dental Health, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Objective: To increase awareness of the oral features of ectodermal dysplasia to allow for timely referrals and appropriate continuing care.

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