People living with lupus are more than likely to eventually develop some type of sores or lesions inside of their mouth caused by their condition. Some of the medications taken to manage their condition can also affect the health of their teeth.
Dry mouth is very common due to the medications that people take to manage Lupus. Unfortunately not only is dry mouth annoying, it can make you develop cavities much quicker than normal. During your routine dental exams, ask your dentist or hygienist what method would work best to help promote healthy saliva flow and combat dry mouth symptoms. Placing you on a routine fluoride therapy can also be useful to prevent decay from developing.
Almost half of lupus patients will also suffer from sores that flare up inside of their mouth from time to time. A homemade mouthwash made from milk of magnesia and liquid antihistamine can help manage painful ulcerations in some cases. Mix an equal amount of each ingredient together and then swab or rinse your mouth. Do not swallow it, but spit out any amount that is remaining. Avoid using products like rinses that contain alcohol as this can irritate ulcerations as well as dry your mouth out more. If you are experiencing active ulcerations, this is most likely a symptom that your condition is in an active phase.
If you’re battling lupus, it’s important to let your dentist know. Occasionally some patients may need to be premedicated with an antibiotic before treatment is performed. Your dentist and rheumatologist can arrange the details of your care procedures if your medical condition is severe.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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