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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2008 Jan-Feb;29(1):22-4, 26-8; quiz 29-30.

The impact of systemic disease-associated gingival enlargement on pediatric patients.

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  • 1Advanced Periodontics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.


This article provides an analysis of pediatric systemic disease and the corresponding prescribed medications for selected physical and mental health conditions. The focus is on pediatric oral health, specifically the drug-associated side effect of gingival enlargement. A simple and logical analysis of current pediatric health trends reveals that gingival overgrowth is evident in societies worldwide as a serious epidemic. This article describes the morbidity and risks that are related to drug-associated gingival overgrowth, and proposes a framework of action for treating the side effects of chronic diseases and conditions in pediatric patients.

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