4 Rare Dental Disorders

There are some truly strange oral health conditions out there. Some are common, others not so much. When we go to the dentist for our frequent checkups, the likelihood of being diagnosed with something like them is unlikely but not impossible. Here are some of those rare dental disorders.

4 Rare Dental Disorders

1. Gingival Fibromatosis

Fibromatosis is typically a hereditary condition that affects the skin all over your body. It manifests itself in abnormally looking skin that seems to “bubble” up. While it’s unpleasant to look at, it can also be rather uncomfortable.

Gingival fibromatosis is a similar condition that takes place in the mouth. It’s essentially and overgrowth of gum tissue that comes in extremely puffy and can be quite uncomfortable. It can also affect the growth of your teeth and the way you talk. The only treatment is oral surgery.

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2. Otodental Syndrome

This is one of the more interesting oral health diseases. Not only does it affect your mouth, it has a few different effects on the facial area. For starters, it can significantly impact your hearing.

The way it affects your teeth is by enlarging your canines and molars. This has detrimental effects on your mouth. The whole facial structure of the jaw becomes impacted and all the other teeth become crowded. The only way to treat it is by tooth extraction and cosmetic surgery.

3. Hyperdontia 4 Rare Dental Disorders

We all had baby teeth and we all lose them. Once we do, the adult teeth come in. But when we lose the baby teeth, sometimes something else happens. Sometimes we get more than that.

Hyperdontia involves growing extra teeth. We are only supposed to have 32 after all of our baby teeth are gone. With those who suffer from hyperdontia, they may end up with 40 or 50. Hyperdontia typically affects people who have one or two extra teeth come in. The really strange part is they usually come in behind or in front of an existing tooth. It can be rather painful if growing in the wrong place.

4. Papillon-Lefeve Syndrom (PLS)

There’s connective tissue that keeps your teeth inside your mouth. If anything were to happen to that connective tissue, it could easily compromise the entire structure of your mouth. In order to keep that connective tissue strong and healthy, there exists an enzyme that supports it.

PLS is a genetic disorder that affects this enzyme, weakening the integrity of this connective tissue. This condition starts early, around birth, and can start taking effect around 2 to 4 years of age, when the teeth are coming in.

Rare dental disorders or not, any mouth ailment should be treated at Balle & Associates as soon as symptoms arise.

Oral Care around the World

We’re very fortunate here in the United States to have such an amazing dental care system. With constant breakthroughs in technology, we are always on the forefront of dentistry. Oral care in other countries, however, isn’t as amazing as ours. Here are just a few examples of international dental care.

Facts about Dental Care around the World

Ireland Oral Care around the World

Dental care in Ireland, for example, is suffering. Ireland is seeing a bit of an oral health crisis. The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has reported a terrifying impact following cuts in dental care state funding. The number of dental treatments patients received dropped 16% between 2013 and 2016.

On top of that, a new study shows there’s been a 38% increase in patients admitting themselves to the hospital due to severe mouth infections. It goes to show just what having a budget does for oral care in other countries.

Where’s the Worst Oral Care?


In many places, the greatest issue pertaining to oral health is the lack of resources. This seems to be the case in Asian and Latin American countries particularly. In the Philippines especially, there seems to be quite a divide in those who can get oral care and those who cannot. The Philippines is considered to be the worst in terms of dental care.

The University of The Philippines College of Dentistry claimed that almost 90% of their citizens have tooth decay in one form or another. That’s a terrifying number, especially if you consider that 100% of children have cavities.


The population of India is about tied with China for biggest populations on Earth. When you take into account that 95% of over a billion people have gum disease, and another 50% don’t use a toothbrush, it’s understandable why there is cause for alarm. Furthermore, 70% of children below 15 years of age have dental caries.

Where’s the Best Dental Care?

Where are the countries with the best dental care? In countries like the United States, Japan, and Denmark, we are all very lucky to have a good dental care system where our teeth are in good hands. It’s all thanks to our dental care system that has a good budget and many medical minds that push our industry forward.

Japan, for example, has just as many dentists as there are in the United States, having a much smaller population—that says a lot, since America, as we know, is a country with a great dental industry.

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