TRACY, DO YOU HAVE SJOGRENS ALSO?
It's an auto-immune disorder which can occur by itself but is also very common in women with lupus. It affects the tear ducts and salivary glands, causing chronic dry eyes and nouth. The dryness of the mouth can lead to severe, rapid tooth decay and other dental problems. If you have noticed problems with dryness, you might ask your doc about a drug that stimulates saliva, and steer clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes, which can cause even even more damage to your teeth. Rembrandt, Bio-dent, and Toms of Maine all make good alcohol-free toothpastes and mouthwashes.