When I read the first post here, I was wondering if you have Sjogren's. My teeth were bad for years, and my dentists kept yelling at me, accusing me of not brushing when I DID, and tried everything I could. But no one knew at the time I had Sjogren's. By the time I was diagnosed, it was pretty much too late. I got dentures at 38. In some ways, I really love it because I can eat so many things now that I couldn't when I had my real teeth. And for the first time in my life, my teeth look GREAT - I've had lots of people compliment me on my smile, and they have no idea it's all fake. But the down side is the social part of it. I won't go away and share a room with a friend because I won't take my teeth out in front of anyone. When I went to Europe last year with a friend, I kept them in for days, and that was a disaster! I also gave up dating, because what man wants to date a woman who has dentures...along with lupus, Sjogren's, and everything else.
I was told by one doctor that implants will cause a flare, so that was never an option for me. I couldn't afford it anyway, even if I wanted to. Now my new rheumy said if I did just a couple at a time, it would probably be fine. But even if I hit the lottery one day, I don't think I'd go through the pain and long procedure of implants. My neighbor is going through it right now, and I've had less pain with having 14 teeth pulled and dentures than she has with 3 implants!!
I have had considerable bone loss since the dentures, however, so my lower dentures don't fit too well and I have to use adhesive twice a day. That happens with Sjogren's too. I'm hoping to save up enough money to pay for a new set next year, ones that fit better.
Whatever you do, drink LOTS of water!!!! As others have already suggested, that will really help. Good luck!
Lupus, you have no chance!
Love and hugs,
(mom to my little Chihuahua, Brandi)
Diagnosed with SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Celiac, and arthritis November 2006.