Have any of you been diagnosed with microstomia (or small mouth)? It is associated with connective tissue disease, particularly scleroderma, but I suppose it can occur with other diseases as well. I have a lot of problems with a small mouth. hate going to the dentist and having work done. They always comment on how small my mouth is. I recall one time a dental hygenist screamed at me because I could not
open my mouth wide enough for her to get the films in for x-rays!
I believe this problem has gotten worse over the last couple of years. At my latest dental check-up, it was noted and I was told I had to be especially careful with oral hygiene because it is difficult to get to my back teeth. I have not been formally diagnosed with microstomia, but I've noticed that my my mouth is startingt to show features of it on the outside. My mother did have it as a result of her MCTD. I only have a dx of RA and I'm only 41; not too young for it but definitely on the young side (at least that's what I tell myself :)).
Is this something I should ask my dentist about? Do most general dentists know about microstomia diagnosis and treatment? Should I consult a specialist?
Thanks for your thoughts,
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex