Tupelo, MS - Dr. John Kenney "Your Dental Health" Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks it’s own moisture producing tissues and glands which leads to a decreased production of tears and saliva. This disorder usually affects women between the ages of forty and fifty, though the disorder has been recorded in all genders and ages. Because Sjogren's syndrome causes a decrease in the production of saliva, Sjogren's can pose problems to your dental health. Saliva serves a crucial role in keeping your mouth healthy so chronic dry mouth can result in oral health complications such as increased occurrence of extensive tooth decay. If you have Sjogren's syndrome, it is important to talk with your dentist about solutions for chronic dry mouth.