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Have You Heard of Gardner Syndrome?

Posted by Editor in on May 15, 2017

 

Most patients are aware of common dental concerns like cavities, periodontal disease/gum disease, and gingivitis. However, there are also a bevy of rare diseases, and Gardner Syndrome is one of the lesser known dental diseases. Named in 1953, it consists of polyps, numerous osteomas, and tumors in the soft tissue and skin in and around the mouth. It’s largely hereditary and can also be complemented with unusual fibers within the skull and extra teeth.

However, the standout feature of Gardner Syndrome is the polyps, which often feature cysts filled with sebum (the natural oils of the body). If caught early, life-saving treatment is often possible. If not, the cysts can evolve into malignant tumors and spread throughout the body (most noticeably into the bowels). Thankfully, this is a very rare disease, indeed!

Quick Facts

Skull abnormalities present in about 30 percent of people with Gardner Syndrome, and can be coupled with unerupted excess teeth. About 60 percent of patients also have multiple cysts, which usually present before puberty and are often found on the head and extremities. According to research published in the European Journal of Dentistry, such unique abnormalities in the dental structure “can easily be diagnosed by an orthodontist or a general dentist.”

Gardner Syndrome is highly unlikely to be present in most patients, but it does serve as a reminder to stick with your general checkups. Oral health is tied to the well-being of nearly every other bodily system. Prevention and catching issues early is key for faster, safer and more affordable treatments. With Gardner Syndrome, early signs are often present in childhood, the teen years and early adulthood. Don’t miss out on this prime time to establish good dental hygiene, which includes seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Only a dentist can diagnose and treat a myriad of dental issues.