Hi veronica, rosie and hairspray are totally right. I have sjogrens kind of bad and one day I had four molars just break off all at once and had to get four emergency root canals, not pleasant. I never noticed I had a dry mouth, but always had stains and tartar. I went on evoxac, a newer version of a salagen type drug, and now my teeth are whiter, much less tartar build up and my gums are healthier, everyting better. I was taking too much and I was drooling really bad at nigh and my hair was soaked and my pillow. Had to cut out the night doseage. Anyway, I've had alot of salivary glands removed, all right and all left, just parotid in the middle left. They swelled up and effect my speach and were blocking my breathing at one point. I've been better off without them and I guess you have thousands of tiny salivary glands so you don't have to worry too much about losing them. I've had stones too and tried to pop them with my finger nails, not a good idea. Docs have a wire they can get the stones out with. The initial and still best test for sjogrens (besides a lip biopsy) is the schirmer test where they put a strip of paper in each eye to measure the amount of moisture you have. Didn't think mine were that bad, but they were. A gallium scan showed the inflammation in my sinuses (chronic sinus is also part of it as is bowel problems due to lack of moisture in the gi tract) and lacrimal glands to be much much worse than what was thought due the schirmer test. I recently had another tooth break. Mostly they break when they have old dental work, fillings, bonding etc. so its important to keep that stuff up to date. Take care. Rosie will have to find the Biotene. Could you post where you can get it?
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments