Sjögren’s and What Else

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Since Sjögren’s Syndrome is actually a chronic autoimmune disease, people with this malady (9 of 10 which are female) have a higher incidence of developing other autoimmune diseases.

The initial presentation of the disease is often associated with an infection or major stress on the person afflicted.  This usually occurs after age 40.  If it occurs alone, it is called “Primary Sjögren’s.”  When it occurs in a patient with one or more other autoimmune diseases, it is called “Secondary Sjögren’s.” About half of patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome have Secondary Sjögren’s.

Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease affecting the exocrine glands (a person’s white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands).  Dry eyes and dry mouth are the most obvious symptoms; therefore, dentists and eye doctors often are the first to recognize this syndrome.

Each Sjögren’s patient will experience individual levels of discomfort, from mild to extremely debilitating.  Often misdiagnosed, the average patient goes seven years before receiving a Sjögren’s diagnosis.  The earlier a patient is diagnosed, the better.  Often, serious complications can be avoided with the initiation of early treatment.

Sjögren’s disease is not prejudiced, affecting virtually every race and ethnic group.  In the U.S.A. alone, as many as 4,000,000 suffer from Sjögren’s Syndrome.

If in doubt about what to do for your dry mouth, talk to your dentist or call James G. Hood, DDS, MA, at (509) 928-9100 to learn more.  You can also visit his website at:  Dr. Hood’s office is conveniently located at:


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