Sjögren’s Syndrome & Oral Health

What is Sjögrens?

Sjögren’s syndrome, is an autoimmune disease that compromises the function of salivary and other moisture-producing glands.

How it effects oral health

One effect is varying degrees of “dry mouth,” or xerostomia.   That can lead to bacterial dental infections (decay and periodontal disease), oral candidiasis (a yeast infection of the tongue and oral mucosa), and difficulty swallowing.  Sjogren’s frequently occurs along with other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Prevention

Early identification and treatment of any infections, including those involving the teeth is oftentimes medically necessary.