Autoimmune disease can affect your mouth in several ways.
Posted on 10/20/2019 by Northstar Dental
Sjögren's syndrome is the second most common disease that comes from autoimmune disease. It causes cavities regularly without frequent dental care.
There is also Crohn's disease and Candidiasis to prevent breaking out between appointments. Better understanding the reasons behind cavities, tooth decay, and issues with your mouth and gums can allow you to prevent them between appointments.
Sjögren's syndrome being 2nd most common to come down with is 90% of the time contracted by females. 3% of women over 50 have the disease. It attacks your glands, which orally is an issue. The saliva in your mouth fights off bacteria and acids that are deposited on your teeth when you eat. If you don't produce saliva, your teeth develop cavities and tooth decay at a rapid pace. Dental visits every 3 months will allow the removal of plaque as well as the application of fluoride gels to protect your teeth.
Crohn's disease cause problems all through your gastrointestinal track. Orally, it appears in the gums by causing swelling, bleeding gums, inflamed lips, and ulcers. Our dentist will provide topical medications as well as steroids to reduce inflammation as it arises. Dental visits every 3 months will help avoid cavities and tooth decay.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection that can take place due to any kind of yeast infection in the mouth. With the saliva glands rarely producing saliva, the yeast causes white patches on the tongue and other areas of the mouth and throat. Dentist refers to it as “Thrush.” Our dentist will treat it with topical, antifungal medications. Like the others, it's recommended you be seen every 90 days for checkups and treatment.
We've covered the most common oral issues that arise with autoimmune disease. It's important to see our office every 3 months for a checkup. In-between those appointments practicing good oral care will be crucial. Talk to our staff about recommending a good electronic toothbrush and floss.
Financially, if you can afford it, it would be beneficial to invest in a water flosser to use throughout the day. This will aid you in replacing the lack of saliva. Give our office a call today. We can schedule you with a routine of appointments to keep your oral care on track.