Fibromyalgia medicines can cause dry mouth and the disease itself compromises the immune system which means that gum and tooth infections are not uncommon. Furthermore, the stress of the disease may lead to clinching the jaw and/or grinding of the teeth.
Yet many fibromyalgia patients ignore the dental issues that arise from their disease, but it is not wise to do so. It may be because they have so many other physical issues going on, but oral health is a reflection of overall health. Therefore, make sure to keep your dentist in the know about your fibromyalgia dental concerns.
Also, if the stress of fibromyalgia is causing you to clench and grind, your dentist will be able to see this. Ask about options like a mouth guard to help prevent the damage those issues cause. And make sure to floss your teeth to keep the risk of infection down along with brushing at least twice a day.
These may seem like childish reminders, but when you are dealing with a disease like fibromyalgia, it is not uncommon to let other parts of your health go without much “checking-in”. Write yourself a note as a friendly reminder about your dental routine. In the long run, you will be glad not to have dental worries added on top of the fibro worries.
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