Thymic hypoplasia and your oral health

How will thymic hypoplasia affect your dental treatment?

Thymic hypoplasia is a syndrome that is caused by genetic defects. It causes an abnormal growth in your thymus and your parathyroid glands. You may have congenital heart defects as well. Your immune system is deficient in a type of white blood cell called a T cell. This disease is also known as DiGeorge’s syndrome.

People with thymic hypolasia are susceptible to fungal infections and viral infections in the mouth. One of the common fungal infections is oral candidiasis or thrush. One of the common viral infections is herpes simplex which manifests itself through cold sores. People with thymic hypoplasia can also have defects with their mouth and their jaws. Some complications are cleft palate, receding chins, a shorter than normal distance between the nose and the upper lip, and a split uvula.

Your dentist will exert all efforts to reduce infections if you have thymic hypoplasia. Antifungal therapy may be administered on you. Antiviral drugs may be given to you in order to fight infections especially if you have cold sores. Antibiotics are likely to be given before, during, and after the treatment. This will depend on the status of your health. Provide your dentist with a list of medicines you are taking and let them know the corresponding dosages for each medication. You should also inform your dentist if you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain drugs.