Hard But Right Decision

Karl Nelsen has spent his lifetime fighting for insurance benefits to get teeth. Now, he’s fighting for legislation to end insurance denials. He’s doing this for himself, his daughter, and for person affected by ectodermal dysplasia for generations to come.

My $35,000 (So Far) Smile

Cody Snell has paid $35,000 out of pocket – so far – to replace teeth he never had due to ectodermal dysplasia. At 33, he knows that amount will climb since he faces a lifetime of dental care costs. That is, unless the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act is passed. He is advocating for this legislation to assure that he, his affected daughter and all families with his condition get the insurance coverage they need for their medically necessary care.

Cody’s Limitless Life

What have you let set you back today? This is a question that Cody Snell can answer with a smile. He has he never let anything including his x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) keep him from anything. That includes playing sports year round while growing up and working 10-hour days in 120 degree heat as…

5 Reasons Why We Need You on Capitol Hill

Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day approaches quickly and we need you, our National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) family, to be there. We try time and again to be advocates to all members of the NFED. But only you and your family are the ones who can make a difference in the lives of people affected…

My Smile – Always Has Been, Always Will Be!

Background Born to a mother with ectodermal dysplasia, I grew up knowing how my condition affected my teeth, and that someday I might need dental implants. I had eight natural teeth, four incisors and four molars – two of each on top and bottom – and wore an upper and lower removable denture starting in…

Life with Ectodermal Dysplasia

By Julie Kennedy Thirty years ago, my family began the journey called, “life with ectodermal dysplasia.”  We didn’t know it at the time, but my husband had tooth and nail syndrome.  Many in his family had it, but it was just shrugged off as weird shaped and missing teeth, a “Kennedy Thing.”  It was not discussed…