Periodontal Disease In People With Down Syndrome
Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, results in an extra copy of a certain chromosome. It typically causes features such as a smaller head, facial flattening, short neck, tongue protrusion, eyelid abnormalities, short stature, and decreased muscle tone. Because people with Down syndrome have a chromosomal disorder, they may be at risk for developing abnormalities in just about any part of the body, including the oral cavity. Here are some things to consider about periodontal disease if your child has Down syndrome.