Why Oral Hygiene Is Important With Sjogren's and the Impact of Medications

Sjogren's Syndrome and Dry Mouth: The Importance of Good Oral Hygeine

Natural saliva contains substances that rid the mouth of the bacteria that cause cavities and mouth infections, so good oral hygiene is extremely important when you have dry mouth. Tips to prevent cavities and infections include:
  • Visit a dentist at least three times a year to have your teeth examined and cleaned.
  • Rinse your mouth with water several times a day. Don't use mouthwash that contains alcohol, because alcohol is drying.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to gently brush your teeth, gums, and tongue after each meal and before bedtime. Non-foaming toothpaste is less drying.
  • Floss your teeth every day.
  • Avoid sugar. This means choose sugar-free gum, candy, and soda. If you do eat or drink sugary foods, brush your teeth immediately afterward.
  • Look at your mouth every day to check for redness or sores. See a dentist right away if you notice anything unusual or have any mouth pain or bleeding.
  • Ask your dentist if you need to take fluoride supplements, use a fluoride gel at night, or have a protective varnish put on your teeth to protect the enamel.

Impact of Medications on Sjogren's Syndrome and Dry Mouth

Certain drugs can contribute to mouth dryness. If you take any of the drugs listed below, ask your doctor if they could be causing your symptoms. However, don't stop taking them without asking your doctor. He or she may already have adjusted the dose to help protect you against drying side effects or chosen a drug that's least likely to cause dryness.
Medications that can cause mouth dryness include:

Sjogren's Syndrome Complications

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