Did you know that the dry mouth associated with fibromyalgia can cause dental issues? Dry mouth can be a side effect of some of the medications we take. The saliva in your mouth helps to neutralize sugars and acids that can attack teeth and gums. Without the proper amount of saliva, we are more prone to tooth decay and periodontal disease. I personally have had some dental issues, and have had cavities, teeth pulled, and crowns inserted.
I think it’s so important to brush and floss daily to keep our gums and teeth as healthy as possible. I actually keep floss on my night table and floss a couple of times a day. I didn’t always do that, and as a result my gums were becoming unhealthy.
Teeth grinding is another issue frequently experienced by those of us with FM. For this reason, I had my dentist make me a mouth guard, which I’m embarrassed to say I don’t wear every night. Grinding wears down tooth enamel, can cause teeth to break, and exacerbates the pain of TMJ.
Of course, going to the dentist presents its own set of problems. My dental hygienist is amazing. She knows that I have FM, and takes extra precautions when I go in. She places a foam pillow behind my neck, and under the small of my back to keep me as comfortable as possible. My dentist is also great at administering Novocain, and the needle site barely bothers me when the numbness wears off. If my mouth has to be open for 30 minutes or longer, he’ll massage my jaw when he’s done. The two really work to make my experience as comfortable as possible.
Be aware that having your teeth cleaned or worked on can bring on a flare. You can take medications prior to, or immediately after, a dental examination or procedure to hopefully keep a flare to a minimum.
Taking care of our teeth is particularly important for those of us suffering from fibromyalgia. To counter dry mouth, one thing I use is MighTeaFlow Natural Dry Mouth Lozenges. They were recommended to me by a fellow FM warrior and they work well.
How is your oral health?
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