10 Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome

Dry, Sticky Mouth

Sjogren’s syndrome affects the mouth in a way that’s similar to the eyes’ tear glands. The disease causes inflammation in the glands that produce saliva and progressively damages them until they are destroyed. This residual damage produces dryness in the lips and mouth. Be sure to watch for the tongue appearing red and sticking to the roof of the mouth. Foods might taste differently, and your voice can even sound hoarse.

Dental Issues

Just as Sjogren’s syndrome affects the glands that produce saliva, it can also negatively impact the teeth. Saliva plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, and when saliva production is threatened, teeth tend to decay at a rapid rate. The gums also significantly recede, ulcers form, and the risk of oral thrush heightens. Due to how much Sjogren’s syndrome affects the mouth and teeth, dentists are often the ones who diagnose the disease.

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