Possible ectodermal dysplasia. Genetic. Life-long battle. These are not the words a parent wants to hear about their sweet little girl. But, Ashley Braden heard them and she cried. Then she reached out to the NFED for help.
Jorgelina, a mother in Argentina, was shocked and sad when one of her twin sons was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia. As an English teacher, she decided to learn everything she could. But, it was her son, Jeronimo, who became her best teacher and changed her attitude.
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.
Your five-year-old daughter wearing her first dentures can be surreal. Just ask Sarah Hamilton. The mom shares about how the teeth have impacted Hazel’s eating and speech and how they are having to battle their insurance to get benefits.
Watching your baby girl – who is only 5 – get fitted for her first pair of dentures can be an emotional journey. Read how Sarah Hamilton is navigating the process and find out what she’s learned about her daughter, herself and ectodermal dysplasia.
When Mason Langefeld still had not developed any teeth by his one-year-old check-up, his mom, Renee, decided to call a local dentist. He asked her a few questions that finally pointed them toward answers and a resource to help them care for their son. Read how they successfully fought their insurance company to pay for their son’s dentures.
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…
We asked our families for their best advice. Here’s what they said. Bribery! Determine treats or prizes that the child would earn for wearing their dentures “x” amount of time each day. Increase the times until he or she is wearing them all day, every day. You could do a star chart if they are…