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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 4 ( April, 2015 ) > List of Articles


Nonsurgical Management of Phenytoin-induced Gingival Hyperplasia

Yousef A AlJehani

Citation Information : AlJehani YA. Nonsurgical Management of Phenytoin-induced Gingival Hyperplasia. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015; 16 (4):319-321.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1683

Published Online: 01-09-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).



The aim of this report is to present a severe case of phenytoin (PHT)-induced gingival hyperplasia in a Saudi patient.

Materials and methods

A 12-year-old male epileptic patient, undergoing PHT therapy, was diagnosed clinically with severe gingival hyperplasia. His treatment consisted meticulous oral care and weekly professional prophylaxis. The patient was advised oral folic acid supplementation (0.5 mg/day) and was also recommended 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash twice daily.


There was significant reduction in the hyperplastic tissue within 4 weeks of treatment.


It is possible to treat PHT-induced gingival hyperplasia non-surgically with intensive dental care, correct oral hygiene and oral folic acid supplements.

How to cite this article

AlJehani YA. Nonsurgical Management of Phenytoin-induced Gingival Hyperplasia. J Contemp Dent Pract 2015;16(4):319-321.

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