Sjögren’s Syndrome Specialist

Fay Hu, D.M.D. -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Fay Hu General Dentistry

Fay Hu, D.M.D.

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Winter Park, FL

When you have extremely dry eyes and dry mouth, you may be part of the nearly four million Americans who have Sjögren's syndrome. At Fay Hu General Dentistry, Dr. Fay Hu specializes in the symptoms and treatment of Sjögren's syndrome. With a convenient location in Winter Park, Florida, the office works to improve your symptoms and get you functioning at your best. To learn more, contact the office today. Call to schedule your appointment or book online now.

Sjögren’s Syndrome Q & A

What are the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome?

Sjögren's syndrome occurs when the body turns on itself and causes an overreaction in the immune system. An autoimmune disease, Sjögren's syndrome impacts the body’s moisture-producing glands and includes symptoms such as:

  • Dry, gritty, or burning eyes
  • Dry mouth, throat, or nose
  • Trouble chewing, swallowing, or talking
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Increased dental decay

Although Sjögren's syndrome can occur on its own, about half of the time, it’s associated with another autoimmune disorder, such as lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis.

What causes Sjögren's syndrome?

Sjögren's syndrome results when your immune system malfunctions and attacks your moisture-producing glands. Although the reasons people develop this condition are currently unclear, specific factors increase your risk, including:

  • Genetics
  • Triggering mechanism, such as a virus or bacteria
  • Age and sex, particularly women over 40
  • Another autoimmune disease

How is Sjögren's syndrome treated?

Because the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome mimic other conditions, it averages three years to get diagnosed with the syndrome, and it’s often noticed by a dental professional first.

Dr. Hu specializes in Sjögren's syndrome and has received extensive training in the condition and its treatments. Although Sjögren's syndrome can’t be cured, Dr. Hu can treat its symptoms.

Xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth, can lead to an increase in the bacteria that causes tooth decay. When the levels of this bacteria rise, you may have receding gums, loose teeth, or other oral health issues. Dr. Hu recommends drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated.

If this isn’t enough, Dr. Hu may prescribe medications that decrease the inflammation in your eyes while increasing the production of tears. She may also suggest medications that can treat symptoms throughout your body. These include malaria medications and immune system suppressants.

When dry eyes and dry mouth begin to interfere with your daily functioning, it may be Sjögren's syndrome. To learn more about symptom management, call Dr. Hu’s office to schedule your initial consultation. You can also book your appointment online.