According to my dentist, the stones are a result of the lupus or sjogrens making my saliva "thick" and this causes the saliva ducts to get clogged. The calcium and posphates in my saliva then harden and form the stones. He is not doing anything else with my calcium levels since my kidney specialist (I have LOTS of kidney stones, too!) does this regularly. It seems my lupus causes my body to dump clacium right out of my system. I have even developed "oste
openia". My kidney doc has me on a calcium channel-blocker type of high blood pressure med to counteract this. In addition, I take Actonel for my weak bones. My whole body seems to be full of stones and my situation seems to be very uncommon. The best preventative, however, is to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. This will help with ANY type of stones - kidney stones or salivary gland stones.
Diagnosis: Lupus and RA
Medications: Plaquenil (400 mg), Relafen, Methotrexate Injections, Folic Acid, Aldactizide for High Blood Pressure, Lipitor for High Cholesterol, Actonel for Osteopenia, and Allegra & Patonel Eye Drops for Allergies.