Here at Fay Hu General Dentistry, we specialize in assisting patients who have sjogren’s syndrome.
Sjogren syndrome manifests in the oral cavity, and dental professionals are the first health-care workers to identify the symptoms. Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own moisture-producing glands. This affects more than 1 million Americans.
This syndrome is typically misdiagnosed, so it is important to go see a professional who knows exactly what he or she is talking about. You will be able to work with a dental hygienist to determine if you have sjogren. You should provide a thorough medical health history and have an oral cancer examination. These will determine if the glands are functioning properly.
There are signs and symptoms that will be able to tell you if you have Sjogren’s syndrome. First, you may have decay, fillings that are loose, and swelling of the parotid gland. Immunological mechanisms are suspected to have an impact on periodontal disease. Sjogren’s can also affect the body’s defense against microorganisms.
Although there is no cure for Sjogren’s syndrome, there are a few ways to treat it. The most important symptom to treat is xerostomia. A healthy oral hygiene routine is key to the treatment of this disease. You will also want use a special toothpaste and decrease bacterial infection by using special alcohol-free mouth rinse.
If you have any questions regarding Sjogren’s syndrome, contact us today at (407) 647-3223.