Hey Tootie...going through the same thing myself right now. In another post last week I talked about going to the dentist because I was chewing the side of my mouth...also have to have two crowns repaired because of 'dry mouth' which does cause rapid decay. I had an appointment today and canceled it because I am in too much pain to sit there for two hours....plus the novacaine in the front of my mouth that always shoots into my eyes...Couldn't do it. I love the dry mouth too. Especially when I smile and my lips stick to my gums.
Some fibro patients experience dry mouth and dry eyes, and I am one of them, unfortunately. Not having a lot of saliva in the mouth creates severe plaque around the gum line, causing very rapid decay.
I asked both my dr and dentist about this and they confirmed this.
I was tested for Sjorgens, which causes the same thing, but I dont have Sjorgens, so it is definitely the Fibro
Donna.....isnt it just great? LOL. You would think the pain in our bodies would be enough, but nooooo, it even affects our poor teeth. Just another thing we have to get use to. I use Biotene mouth wash and toothpaste, which I thought was helping. I dropped off a script the dentist gave me and will let you know what the name of it is when I pick it up tomorrow. Hopefully it will help
Hey Sue...dentist gave me something to rinse with that is nothing but glycerin and some flavoring...works for about ten minutes. I think I know the prescription you are talking about sali-'something'. I've had this dry mouth for about 15 years...don't know if in all the various thousand's of dollars of testing they tested me for Sjogrens. Maybe I have it, but right about now...I don't care! LOL! (Last ANA was back in the late 90's and it was okay).
Ya gotta love this disease! At least your dentist knew what it was!
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Oh Tootie, I know exactly what your going through.
A little over a month ago I had an abcessed tooth from "H_ _ _". It started hurting on a weekend also and come Monday it started to get worse. I told myself, maybe it will settle down and waited till Tuesday to call the dentist. BIG mistake- it was a full blown abcessed tooth by then! And the pain was so bad, I could not even talk nor function. Started on Keflex, but it took at least four days after that to settle it down. Yesterday I had the root canal done, and am doing OK- Neck and jaw (I have TMJ, and this just aggravates it) are very sore from holding open my mouth and the tooth is sore but nothing compared to the pain I had when it was so infected.
I am not sure if dry mouth caused any of this and my dentist just found out that I got fibro since I last saw him. He did not mention anything, but it is interesting if fibro causes the dry mouth and than affects our teeth- Jeesh.
Hope your feeling better,
This TMJ and grinding my teeth has got to stop. I wear a bite splint, but I have worn through two of them in 4 years and now the insurance will not pay for another one. My tooth feels better today, except where he must of put atlest 6 novacaine shots. I DO NOT like dentists. My TMJ is really bad this morning, even giving an earache. I guess every one who has Fibro has different things, and mine seems to be my TMJ and teeth. Sure does get costly.
Have a great day
Well, I swear my fibro flare started a year or so ago when I had a root canal. Upside down for an hour while the dentist flitted from one patient to another...by the time he came back to me he had to give me more novacaine because he was gone so long it had worn off. I have terrible TMJ...so bad the joints should be replaced. I had headaches for about two months after the root canal. I got a mouth guard from a TMJ specialist and I can't sleep with it. Plus after many adjustments, it still causes sores behind my top teeth. Bruxism? I have chewed holes in my cheek and now I have something like a flap of skin, almost like a callous on the inside of the corner of my mouth that I have asked the dentist to look at twice but he just shrugs his shoulders and says to 'stop chewing your mouth when you sleep." Duh..
Do any of you with TMJ find strange ridges, callous like flaps of skin etc inside your cheeks? I also have very very dry mouth from fibro and Lexapro. I have to catch myself 'chewing'...all on the right side of my mouth. Oh..I also had a very bad infection in that salivary gland under my ear...the parotid gland? about ten years ago and it was so severe it killed off the gland so I don't secrete saliva from it anymore...it swells up when I eat something dry and I have to massage it. Doc told me to keep sucking on lemon drops to keep it clear...
As if fibro pain isn't bad enough...
I have a huge flap on my right side of my cheek from grinding at night. My TMJ has worsened with all the stress I have been under, since my brothers death. I use Peroxyl rinse for oral irritations and it does help. The dentist cant even tell me how to stop grinding, its just getting rid of stress I guess.
The fibro does flare when my TMJ is acting up. As a matter of fact, that is how my fibro all started, with a TMJ flare, which lasted two longgggggg months. I hate to think of the condition my mouth and teeth will be in if this continues. My dentist just called me to make sure I was alright. I am sure I scared the heck out of him yesterday.
Take care Donna
Thanks Tootie...I get so worried when I have all these flaps and knots on the insides of my cheeks and the lips. I guess dry mouth can do alot of damage to the tissue also, as well as the chewing. Sometimes it looks like the veins in my lips are gummy worms!
What can I say...