Multiple sclerosi patient may struggle more with gum disease

The Relationship Between MS and Gum Disease

May 30 is an important day for remembering multiple sclerosis and everyone who suffers from the effects of MS. This progressive autoimmune disease affects about one million people in the United States alone. Seeking treatment to combat the results of the disease can mean other aspects of health sometimes take a back seat. Dr. Charles Felts III and the staff at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants understand that there is a relationship between MS and gum disease and seeking periodontal treatment.

Self-Care Can Become Difficult

MS tends to disrupt communication between the brain and different parts of the body, which can make it difficult to control certain movements. Some patients may find it more difficult to hold a toothbrush steady enough to clean their teeth, for example. This can lead to fewer or more inadequate brushing and the buildup of bacteria and plaque.

Increased Risk of Oral Disease and Symptoms

A diagnosis of MS may also put patients at a higher risk of other types of diseases, including periodontal disease – or gum disease, as it is commonly known. Luckily, regular checkups can help your dental professional to identify oral health issues early on and treat them before they become more serious.

Side Effects from Treatment

There are a variety of medications that may go along with MS treatment. Unfortunately, some of these medications can dry out your mouth or make it more susceptible to dental problems. You can talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to combat these issues, but a regular dental visit will also be beneficial.

Schedule a Regular Checkup Today

While there is no known cure for MS, it is possible to seek treatment that can slow the progression of the disease in many cases. Part of any effective treatment should include dental visits a few times a year. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

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