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Issue: Volume 13, Issue 1
Release Date: 10 Feb 2020

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The Multifactorial Aetiology of Gingival Overgrowth: a Case Report Illustrating Diagnosis and Management

Gingival overgrowth is the enlargement of gingival tissues and has various underlying aetiological factors. This case report highlights the multifactorial aetiology of gingival overgrowth for a patient who was prescribed an immunosuppressive strategy following renal transplantation, had poor levels of oral hygiene and a diet deficient in fruit and vegetables. The report highlights the importance of a detailed assessment to identify all underlying factors and demonstrates how a referral to the specialist services for gingival overgrowth led to a diagnosis of vitamin C deficiency. It also illustrates how both patient engagement and a conservative cause-related therapy can achieve a satisfactory resolution without any surgical intervention.

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