March 14th, 2021
Another type of MS is called Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), in which individuals (10-15% of people diagnosed with MS) experience progressive worsening symptoms with few or no recovery periods. This type is often more severe and disabling, and nerve damage is often found more in the spinal cord than in the brain.
Some symptoms of MS can include pain, vision issues, motor impairment and fatigue. MS may also have a negative effect on bladder and bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, trouble focusing and memory problems, and depression. Facial pain including partial facial paralysis or muscle spasms, and trouble speaking and chewing may also occur.
Individuals with MS may also experience challenges with their oral health. Individuals are at a higher risk of developing dental caries and gum disease, for instance due to physical complications of MS and the lowered immune response. Systemic inflammation has been linked as a potential trigger for MS as well as periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease. Plus, manual dexterity may be compromised in some individuals, making it hard for them to brush and floss adequately. In these cases, modified toothbrushes and/or electric toothbrushes may be more helpful. In more severe cases, caregivers may need to help provide help with oral care. Patients with MS may also need to be seen by the dentist more frequently for visits and cleanings. Your dentist may even recommend fluoride treatment or prescription fluoride toothpaste as an added protective treatment.
There is currently no cure for MS, but numerous medications and treatment methods have been found to help manage/slow the progression of the disease and relapse occurrences. However, MS medications may also produce negative effects on oral health, including dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), inflamed gingival tissues, altered taste, and fungal infections including oral candidiasis and angular cheilitis, for instance. Immunosuppressants may increase the risk of developing infections and cancers as well. Be sure to inform your health care providers of all of the current medications you are taking.
This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.
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