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What dental complications may arise from having scleroderma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Scleroderma may lead to dental complications for a variety of reasons. Tightening of the skin around the mouth can make it difficult to open the mouth wide enough to clean the teeth and gums, which may lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay can also occur due to acid reflux eating away at tooth enamel. Another potential complication is that people with scleroderma sometimes don't produce enough saliva, which increases the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay. And scleroderma can damage connective tissue and cause teeth to loosen. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about dental complications.

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