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What is Sjögren’s syndrome? What are its symptoms? How does it affect oral health? Who is more likely to get it? How is it treated? The answers to these questions and more can be found within these 10 facts about Sjögren’s syndrome and how it affects the mouth.

  1. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the glands that produce moisture.
  2. Sjögren’s syndrome is one of the most common autoimmune disorders.
  3. This disorder is much more common in women, especially those who are between 40 and 50 years of age.
  4. Sjögren’s syndrome is often accompanied by other autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
  5. There is no known cause for Sjögren’s syndrome, so treatment focuses on dealing with the symptoms.
  6. This disorder is shown by dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, joint pain, dry skin, rashes, and swollen salivary glands.
  7. Sjögren’s syndrome can damage the eyes, lungs, skin, mouth, thyroid, kidney, liver, nerves, pancreas, blood vessels, and joints.
  8. Saliva is important for the health of the mouth because it reduces the risk for tooth decay and protects the mouth from yeast infections like thrush.
  9. Saliva carries important components such as immunoglobulins, electrolytes, buffers, antimicrobial enzymes, digestive enzymes, etc.
  10. If you have Sjögren’s syndrome, you need to take extra care of your teeth. You can also help fight a dry mouth by drinking more water, chewing sugar-free gum, or using artificial saliva.