How can I prevent dental problems caused by scleroderma?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

People with scleroderma can use special toothbrushes and flossers, saliva substitutes, and prescription toothpastes and rinses to minimize the dental complications associated with scleroderma. You should probably count on more frequent check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments. So pick a dentist you like.



Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The best way to limit the dental problems caused by scleroderma is to be diligent about cleaning, and cognizant of teeth and gums that may be more difficult to reach. Communication with your dentist is also very important.

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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