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How can I prevent dental problems caused by scleroderma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Although several physical symptoms of scleroderma can make proper dental care more difficult, there are steps you can take to prevent tooth decay. Physical therapists can show you exercises that will help keep your mouth flexible, making it easier to open for tooth brushing. It's important to maintain good home dental care, and special toothbrushes available through your doctor can help you brush your teeth without too much pain in your hands. Floss "forks," which hold floss on extended handles, may be easier to use. Fluoride rinses can help restore tooth enamel lost due to acid reflux. If dry mouth becomes a problem, sucking on ice cubes and drinking lots of water may help. Saliva substitutes can be prescribed if you still have problems with dry mouth.

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