Dry Mouth? Sjögren’s Disease?

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, January 9, 2012

Sjögren’s syndrome is a common autoimmune disorder affecting nearly four million people in the U.S. If you have Sjögren’s syndrome, you may have dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can have multiple sources, for example:

– Lifestyle (smoking, chewing tobacco, mouth breathing)

– Dehydration

– Chemotherapy

– Nerve damage (to head and neck)

– Medications used as, or to treat:

Acne Muscle relaxers
Allergies Nausea
Anxiety Obesity
Asthma Pain
Colds Parkinson’s disease
Depression Psychotic disorders
Diarrhea Sedatives
Epilepsy Urinary incontinence
Hypertension

 

And certain diseases such as:

– Alzheimer’s Disease

– Cystic Fibrosis

– Diabetes

– HIV/AIDS

– Hypertension

– Mumps

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Rheumatoid Arthritis

– Sjögren’s – a disease which I also am affected with

– Stroke

SJÖGREN’S DISEASE

Sjögren’s disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the exocrine glands of the human body. The most common first symptom of the disease is DRY MOUTH and dry eyes. Because of the gradual onset of the disease, most patients are affected by the disease for five to seven years before a diagnosis of Sjögren’s disease is made.

Your dentist is often the medical professional to first recognize the symptoms of this chronic disease. Your dentist is also a most significant professional to have to support you if you are diagnosed with Sjögren’s or any of the above listed maladies, which result in DRY MOUTH.

People with dry mouth should carry water with them where ever they go, have it readily available at work, in the car, and next to their bed. The simplest solutions to a problem often offer the most immediate benefit.

Dry mouth leaves teeth without the protective enzymes found in saliva, making teeth much more prone to rampant decay. We, as dentists, can fluoridate teeth in various ways, to remineralize teeth and make them more resistant to tooth decay.

Anyone with Sjögren’s disease needs a dentist as part of their support group, to advise and treat the results of this disease. Anyone with dry mouth, for any reason, would benefit with a support dentist.

Always here for your support,

Dr. James G. Hood

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