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How Sjogren's Syndrome Affects Your Oral Health

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Dr. David Wanserski
How Sjogren's Syndrome Affects Your Oral HealthHave you been suffering from dry mouth lately? There are plenty of factors that might affect your salivary glands, like smoking, medications, or dehydration. It's also possible that it might be something else entirely.

If your dry mouth is followed by dry eyes, it's possible that you have Sjögren's Syndrome. Dentists Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS and Dr. Wanserski are all too familiar with this oral health problem. There's no cure for it, but a few lifestyle changes can help you keep the symptoms at bay.

Here's a short guide that covers everything about this oral health problem:

What is Sjögren's Syndrome?

Pronounced as (SHOW-grins), this syndrome is a type of autoimmune disease that attacks the tissues and cells in your body. It targets the moisture-secreting glands and mucous membranes in your mouth and eyes first, which results in decreased saliva and tears. Usually, this autoimmune disease is accompanied by lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of Sjögren's Syndrome

•  Muscle aches
•  Fatigue
•  Joint pain
•  Neuropathy
•  Lymphoma
•  Lung, liver, or kidney dysfunction

Treatment for Sjögren's Syndrome

As mentioned earlier, a cure for Sjögren's Syndrome hasn't yet been discovered. However, you can make the following lifestyle changes to maintain the problem:

•  Quit smoking
•  Drink more water
•  Boost saliva flow by chewing sugar-free gum
•  Use artificial saliva producing products, such as lozenges or sprays

Dry mouth can often lead to other oral health problems such as infections and tooth decay. This is why it's important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which should include:

•  Brushing teeth twice a day and fir 2 minutes
•  Flossing
•  Using mouthwash
•  Limiting sugary snacks
•  Visiting your dentist twice annually

Sjögren's Syndrome can also lead to halitosis due to lack of saliva. So, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, start making the necessary changes in your daily routine. If you still don't see the desired results, visit Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS or Dr. Wanserski at Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call at (715) 848-2435.
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