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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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Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients
from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576 USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100 | Fax: (509) 928-0414
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School is back in session, always…

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everyone involved with a school schedule has probably by now settled into a routine.  It always takes a while to get logistics set up for any family involved with a new school year.  Our school-age patients are a little short on numbers at the very start and end of each new school year.  Once people develop their unique program, it becomes necessary to negotiate, with relative comfort, a successful program for week after week that they can soon relax, exhale, and follow the plan.

At our home, that is a typed daily transport schedule for the 2011-2012 school year.  Each child is listed on a daily time roster, who transports who, and to where, and by when.  And, with multiple children in multiple schools, the schedule can at first seem hectic and confusing.  However, with larger numbers of children, the demand for a clear plan becomes more and more necessary.

With the importance of scheduling, comes the exceptions:  doctor’s appointments, orthodontic’s and dentist’s appointments, eye doctors, etc.  Schedules are made to be broken, or so it seems.  Time outside school can also be educational, as can transport.  Hours of education can be added to a child’s education while being transported.  Siblings or drivers can quiz each other on spelling, multiplication, tables, etc.  Think of it, if just one concept was studied on each trip.

I once told a teacher, who was perturbed with me for taking my child out of school,  that I was taking my daughter out of school on an educational outing and I said, “I think education is more important than school.”  I would not recommend that comment to anyone, since teachers do operate most effectively with everyone present.  My point, however, is if a child must be removed from school, have it be a learning experience.  Ask them to report one thing that they learned by questioning their doctor, orthodontist, dentist, eye doctor, etc., about something they may not have learned in school.  All professionals have much to offer in terms of education.  If you must take off school, then make it an educational outing.  Ask good questions.  The quality of one’s life is measured by the quality of one’s questions.  Ask thoughtful questions and…

Keep smiling!

Dr. James G. Hood

 

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Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients
from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414
Email: drhood@drhood.com

Websites: www.drhood.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalley.com

Blogs: www.drjamesghoodblog.com
www.dentalhealthandnutritionblog.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com
www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.org
www.sjogrensblog.org

Online Store: www.dentalhealthandnutritionstore.com

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