Condition: Sjogren's syndrome

Common Dental Problems and Considerations for Provision of Dental Care:

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth) resulting in increased risk for tooth decay.
  • Saliva also provides a protective coating to mucosa, so there is increased sensitivity to poorly fitting dentures.

Recommendations for Dental Care:

  • Regular dental recalls.
  • Proper oral hygiene including use of daily applied topical fluoride.
  • Diet low in sweets including soda pop.
  • Make sure dentures are checked and adjusted regularly.

Dental Specialties:

  • Typically Involved: none specifically

Recommended Resources

Guggenheimer J, Moore PA. Xerostomia: etiology, recognition and treatment. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003 Jan;134(1):61-9; quiz 118-9. PMID: 12555958

Hsu S, Dickinson D. A new approach to managing oral manifestations of Sjogren's syndrome and skin manifestations of lupus. J Biochem Mol Biol. 2006 May 31;39(3):229-39. PMID: 16756750

Ramos-Casals M, Tzioufas AG, Font J. Primary Sjogren's syndrome: new clinical and therapeutic concepts. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Mar;64(3):347-54. Epub 2004 Oct 21. PMID: 15498797

Thomas E, Hay EM, Hajeer A, Silman AJ. Sjogren's syndrome: a community-based study of prevalence and impact British Journal of Rheumatology 37(10):1069-1076.