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Arch Dermatol. 1988 May;124(5):742-5.

Oropharyngeal lesions and their management in epidermolysis bullosa.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.


Unique oral problems are usually encountered in the patient with epidermolysis bullosa affecting both soft and hard oral tissues. Bulla formation leading to scarring, ankyloglossia, and microstomia restricts normal oral activities. In addition, food retention on hypoplastic enamel increases tooth breakdown. Management of routine dental care is complicated by the fears of both the patient and dentist. Preventive dental therapy should be initiated as early as possible to reduce dental diseases. Early intervention along with frequent evaluation by the dentist are indicated to ensure optimal dental health and oral functioning.

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