Sjogren’s syndrome and dry mouth

Dry Mouth is often cause by medications, tobacco smoking, cancer therapy, and aging. It can also be caused by the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed. Not only can that make your mouth feel dry, but also it can also damage your teeth.

You may not realize it, but there is a protective value in your saliva. It does more than moisturize the mouth; saliva coats teeth with important minerals that will slow down cavities and infection.

The Artistic Touch Dentistry team would stress that good regular oral hygiene is a must! We encourage you to ask us to be your partner in preventing oral issues.

Here are a few tips to help between visits:

  • Brush and floss properly and do not forget when you are due for checkups.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on a sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva.
  • Sip water throughout the day. Be sure not to over sip as to not wash away the good saliva you are producing.
  • Try not to drink bottled water as your tap water may contain the extra fluoride protection you need.

Reference: “Living with Dry Mouth.” Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014.