Dry mouth is a common side effect of those drugs we have to take for our invisible illness. Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur.
Individuals with any form of arthritis, arthritis-related inflammatory disorders (Fibromyalgia for instance), or autoimmune disorders are at HIGH risk of developing many diseases of the oral cavity including, but not limited to:
- Developing periodontal disease – more than twice as likely as others
- Developing severe jawbone loss – moderate to severe
- Extractions – averaged 12 missing teeth in studies
Researchers linkined periodontal disease to autoimmunity in October 2010
In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. The bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
I had been experiencing dry mouth for the past few years ~ Thanks to medication and my invisible illness. Approximately 3years ago I had been told I had the start of periodontal disease. The hygienist found I had more than several teeth pockets
This is one of the sidekicks of our “Invisible Illness” that is visible
The fibro accelerated and my gums receded so badly that i had to have nearly all my teeth removed over the last 3 years. From the onset of the fibro(20 Yes ago),my teeth became very sensitive and started to deteriorate faster than the norm.
Then one night I had a tooth fall out that hadn’t even been giving me problems and from that point on my teeth just started crumbling away. My nerves in my teeth create chronic pain and sensitivity. which in turn has weakened my teeth.
The rest have developed the “pocket” between the gum line and enamel. I realise the only thing to be done is having those teeth remaining extracted and fitted for a full set of dentures... or so I thought.
My dentist has said that due to my chronic dry mouth are not allowed to have dentures my only option is to have teeth drilled into my jaw bone. Now as you can probably imagine this cost a hell of a lot of money.
I'm not covered by NHS to have implants. I only have my front teeth left now, which are all very sore. I can't eat properly, I can't chew it's even now affecting my speech. Not to mention how it's making me feel about myself and the way I look now. I'm 33 I should have all of my teeth :(.
This has dramatically affected me mentally and physically.
I should many tears every time I've had to go to the dentist unfortunately every dentist appointment I lose at least one tooth and I'm due to go back again and I'm so scared as I've only got the visible teeth at the front left now now and I can see that I'm probably going to need another for out and my next appointment.
Please donate and help give me my life back I can't do it without you you and I will be forever grateful for the help.