Ca-channel blocker-induced gingival overgrowth that improved with non-surgical therapy during visiting care: a case report

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Abstract

Objectives:

To present a case of gingival overgrowth during visiting care.

Background:

Ca-channel blocker-induced gingival overgrowth is a well-known adverse event. However, only limited information on the treatment of calcium-channel blocker-induced gingival overgrowth during visiting care has been reported.

Clinical report:

The patient was an 88-year-old female living in a nursing home since dementia. She had been taking a calcium-channel blocker and observed gingival overgrowth. Initial therapy was performed and changed the antihypertensive medication from a calcium-channel blocker to an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. After initial therapy, the gingival overgrowth improved significantly. In addition, the defecation rate was improved.

Conclusion:

This case indicated that periodontal therapy is useful even for dementia patients during visiting dental care.

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