Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections that can make your MS symptoms worse.
Bacterial infections can spread more easily throughout our bodies when certain drugs used to control MS flares, such as Gilenya and Tysabri, “quiet” the immune system. Even a slight fever from infections, including dental, can increase flares.
Other drugs used for pain, fatigue, bladder and other spasms can make it easier for bacterial dental infections to develop and get worse by reducing the amount of saliva we produce, creating a dry mouth.
So, some MS drugs increase the risk for dental infections, while others increase the risk of those infections spreading.
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