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04-26-2011, 06:34 AM
Hi all,

I've been experiencing sensitive teeth pretty much since last year when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I never had it before I started getting all the symptoms and started taking all the medication. Sometimes its so bad that my teeth hurt when I get cold air in my mouth haha but other times its fine...like tonight when i ate a McFlurry :laugh:

Just wondering if anyone else get this, do you think its from the cocktail of drugs we take or more of a lupus symptom...hard to know whats what these days! Any insight would be great.

Take care
Nat xo

04-26-2011, 09:50 AM
I am not sure if it has anything to do with Lupus, but my question to you is do you use any whitener on your teeth? I used to use it and my teeth would hurt so bad. It hurt to even breath air in. My dentist told me not to use whitener toothpaste. Once I stopped, it got better. I hope this helps.

04-26-2011, 03:09 PM
Hi Nat,

I've not got that problem and go to the dentist regular but i've found some information if it helps you concerning you teeth and gums refering Lupus. ~Hugs Terri~ xxx

Dental Concerns and Lupus

Communication, self-examination and prevention are the keys to controlling dental problems for the lupus patient. Lupus patients have specific dental problems because of the disease process and the medications needed to control lupus symptoms.

Lupus patients should visit the dentist at regular intervals, usually every two to six months, and inform him about current and past medical history. Your dentist should also be supplied with a complete list of medications, the dosage and any side effects. Also keep your physician aware of any dental problems and any proposed treatment.

Get into the habit of regular self-examination of your mouth. Periodontal disease, a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the gums (gingiva) and supporting bone around each tooth, causes the greatest amount of tooth loss in adults and affects almost everyone. The most common periodontal disorders are gingivitis (inflammation of the gingiva or gums) and periodontitis (inflammation affecting the bone under the gingiva) does not cause pain and may not give warning until significant tissue breakdown has occurred. However, the presence of any of the following signs and symptoms signs and symptoms of periodontal disease can be detected with self-examination:

1. Bleeding gums: Gingiva bleeds on eating or brushing teeth, or bleeds without any obvious cause.

2. Swollen gums: Enlarged gingiva is not bound tightly around each tooth.

3. Red Gums: Gingiva is red in color. Dark colored gingiva due to naturally occurring melanin (the substance which colors the gums) is not an indication of inflammation.

4. Sensitive gums: Gingiva that is painful to brushing. Untreated gingivitis can progress into the tissues under the gingiva and cause the bone that supports the teeth to become weakened and resorb.

Periodontitis, a form of dental disease, is marked by bone loss and will eventually lead to loosening or loss of teeth. It is usually painless and may have the same signs and symptoms as gingivitis. If any signs or symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis are noted, you should tell his/her dentist. Your dentist can accurately diagnose and treat periodontat disease.

Prevention is the best treatment for dental disease. The only way to prevent periodontal disease is by effective tooth brushing techniques. Tooth brushing must clean all five surfaces of each tooth. The most critical area of the tooth to clean is immediately adjacent or next to the gingiva or gums. Since a toothbrush cannot clean the area between the teeth, dental floss, dental tape, rubber tips, special brushes and stimulators are used to remove the plaque that is deposited between teeth. It should take approximately three minutes to brush your teeth thoroughly. Plaque that causes dental cavities and periodontal disease accumulates on all tooth surfaces and must be removed daily. Any areas of gingival sensitivity, tooth sensitivity, or gingival bleeding require effective brushing or the sensitivity and bleeding will get worse. If it hurts or if it bleeds, it should be brushed harder.

Everyone with lupus should check the inside of their mouths regularly for any red or irritated areas. If such areas are noticed, these should be brought to the attention of the physician and dentist. Approximately 25% of lupus patients have these kinds of oral problems, which are usually accompanied by a skin irritation or facial rash. Oral problems in lupus are also found on the lips and on the tissue inside the cheeks. If you have an active oral problems do not use denture powder or denture paste to hold in removable dentures. If toothpaste irritates the mouth, baking soda and water should be substituted for it.

You can learn to keep dental problems under control with preventive maintenance.

04-27-2011, 03:40 AM
Thanks Terri!! That info is super helpful.
Ronnie - I don't use whitener on my teeth as my dentist told me that I shouldn't be using it while taking Methotrexate because the drug can damage the enamel on the teeth and the whitener then further damages the teeth when the enamel wears away.

04-27-2011, 06:47 AM

Your welcome mate and my dentist told me a good while ago that tooth paste for sensitive teeth and even whitener rots your teeth.

I just keep to using colgate total in the original, used it for years.

04-27-2011, 07:25 AM
I have sensitive teeth (not sure if it is lupus related or just me!), lol but I do use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and I find it make a big difference...However, recently I have been trying to see if not using it leads to fewer mouth ulcers.

04-27-2011, 10:37 AM
I have sensitive teeth (not sure if it is lupus related or just me!), lol but I do use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and I find it make a big difference...However, recently I have been trying to see if not using it leads to fewer mouth ulcers.Hi bunny28,

My dentist was out in africa and the initals before her name was outstanding i miss her now as she's had a child but when i went to her i asked her about senserdine toothpaste and that's when she told me that stuff for sensitive teeth and whitener destroys your teeth and as long as you brush your teeth twice daily with a medium tooth brush and wash your mouth out afterwards besides going to a dentist your keeping your teeth right.
Well i hope not using it, gives you less mouth ulcers and you'll soon find out, keep we updated on it mate as it all helps we.