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