Sjogren’s Syndrome and Dry Mouth

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder primarily affecting your eyes and mouth. Learn more about this disease and why it could make your mouth feel like it’s full of cotton.

Sjogren’s syndrome

Dry mouth? Dry eyes? An autoimmune disease could be behind it.

How does Sjogren’s syndrome cause dry mouth?

Sjogren’s syndrome attacks your tear and saliva glands. The mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands in your eyes and mouth are affected first, causing dry eyes and dry mouth.

Is dry mouth problematic?

Short answer, yes. Saliva is essential for a healthy mouth. It helps neutralize acids to prevent tooth decay, in addition to removing food particles. Dry mouth can cause a host of problems, including:

  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Thick saliva
  • Difficulty speaking and swallowing
  • Mouth and lip sores

Sjogren’s syndrome prognosis

In most cases, the disease is not life threatening. It is, however, uncomfortable. People with Sjogren’s syndrome typically experience complications such as cavities, yeast infections and vision impairment.

Who’s prone to Sjogren’s syndrome?

Though the disorder can affect anyone, women and those over 40 are the most at-risk demographics.

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