Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grins) syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the body mistakenly attacks its own moisture-producing glands (tear and salivary). Other organs can be affected.
From an oral health perspective, insufficient saliva production (dry mouth) can increase the risk for cavities, tooth loss, and infections in the mouth. Saliva plays a major role in maintaining a healthy mouth because it helps to:
Dry mouth can also affect taste, as well as make chewing and swallowing more difficult.
If you have Sjӧgren’s syndrome, twice-yearly visits to your dentist are recommended. In addition, you can maintain good oral health to prevent cavities and infections.
Florida Blue Dental’s Oral Health for Overall Health program provides plan members diagnosed with Sjӧgren’s syndrome with enhanced dental benefits when enrolled in our program. These benefits have been shown to improve not only oral health, but also help you better manage your condition.
Learn more about the enrollment process.