Fibromyalgia and Dental Issues

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Did you know that dry mouth associated with fibromyalgia can cause dental issues??Dry mouth can be the side effect of some of the medications we take. The saliva in your mouth helps to neutralize sugars and acid that can attack teeth and gums. Without the proper amount of saliva, we are more prone to tooth decay and periodontal diseases. I personally have had some dental issues and have had cavities, teethes pulled and crowns inserted.

I think it is so important to brush and floss daily to keep our gums and teeth as healthy as possible. I actually keep floss on my night table and floss a couple of times a day. I didn’t always do that and as a result my gums were becoming unhealthy.

Teeth grinding is another issue frequently experienced by those of us with FM. For this reason, I had my dentist make me a mouth guard, which I am embarrassed to say I don’t wear every night. Grinding wears down tooth enamel, can cause teeth to break and exacerbates the pain of TMJ.

Of course going to the dentist presents its own sets of problems. My dental hygienist is amazing. She knows that I have FM, and takes extra precautions when I go in. she places a foam pillow behind my neck and under the small of my back to keep me as comfortable as possible. My dentist is also great as administering Novocain, and the needle site barely bothers me when the numbness wears off. If my mouth has to be open for 30 minutes or longer, he will massage my jaw when he is done. The two really work to make my experience as comfortable as possible.

Be aware that having your teeth cleaned on worked on can bring on a flare. You can take medications prior to, or immediately after, a dental examination or a procedure to hopefully keep a flare to a minimum.

Taking care of our teeth is particularly important for those of us suffering from fibromyalgia. To counter dry mouth, one thing I use is Mighteaflow Natural Dry Mouth Lozenges. They were recommended to me by a fellow FM warrior and they work well.

Fibromyalgia: Coping With a Dental Phobia

Hate the dentist? You are not alone, especially if you have fibromyalgia symptoms. Get experts advice on surviving dental treatment with minimal fibromyalgia pain.

Few get an exhilarating rush when seeing the words “dentist appointment” on the calendar. But when you have fibromyalgia, these visits can be just more than annoyances-they can be downright frightening, painful experiences that can cause you to shirk this important health check. As a dentist, I find people with fibromyalgia often neglect their dental conditions because of other concerns in their body, says Timothy Kosinski, DDS, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy school of Dentistry and a dentist in Bingham Farms, Mich.

Fibromyalgia pain often occurs in the face, head, and neck areas, which can make dental visiting intimidating. But because dental issues are common in people with fibromyalgia, regular trips to the dentist are necessary.

Understanding and overcoming dental phobia

Living with fibromyalgia creates difficulty at the dentists for varying reasons. You may have trouble opening your mouth for long periods of time-your jaw muscles may tire quickly, which results in temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ). Also the fibromyalgia pain in other joints can make it hard to sit comfortably in the dentist’s chair for any length of time.

“Plus, because people with fibromyalgia are dealing with chronic pain, dental anxiety can be heightened for fear of making their condition worse, ‘says Mark Schlesinger, DDS, a dentist with the diamond-Schlesinger Group in Manhattan. Fibromyalgia symptoms may even make routine dental hygiene habits like brushing and flossing painful and unpleasant.

Despite dental fears, it is important that you see a dentist on regular basis. The longer you go without seeing the dentist, the scarier the appointment will seem. Also, should a dental problem, you might become reluctant or even embarrassed to get the treatment you need.

In addition, people with fibromyalgia often suffer from chronic head and neck muscle pain, and dental problems such as cavities or grinding the teeth can exacerbate these fibromyalgia symptoms, Dr Schlesinger say. Another consideration, he adds, is that fibromyalgia pain can easily be mistaken for tooth pain, so it is important that people with fibromyalgia get checked routinely to make sure it is really fibromyalgia pain they are experiencing and not an underlying dental condition that should be treated before it worsens.

Remember that regular oral screenings, including cancer screening, can be life saving for anyone, including people with fibromyalgia, Dr.Kosinki adds.

Tips to dampen dental fears

To make your dental experience more pleasant, ask your dentist about these approaches;

>>Comforts to make you feel more relaxed in the chair, such as massage pad, a blanket, so soothing music.

>>Oral medication to reduce your level of anxiety.

>>Intravenous medications that alter consciousness.

>>Complete sedation



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