This inflammatory disease of the nervous system is a chronic, disabling disease. MS patients may experience a wide variety of symptoms, includingg pain, weakness and poor coordination, numbness of the lips and chin area, and forms of facial paralysis. Mouth care can be difficult, and due to lack of care or problems with providing care, there may be more plaque on the teeth and gums, resulting in greater risk of gum disease and cavities.
- Poorly fitting or functioning dentures.
- Dry mouth and dry/cracked lips due to medications.
Greater risk of yeast infections in the mouth.
- Brush teeth twice a day with a standard soft-bristle tooth brush with a large handle or an electric toothbrush. (Add a tennis ball or bicycle grip to the toothbrush if necessary.
- Use a high-concentrated, fluoridated toothpaste prescribed by a dentist.
- Rinse with a non-alcohol mouthwash.
- Use dry-mouth products recommended by your dentist or pharmacist.
- Use a water-based lip moisturizer.
- Check the mouth for sores or white patches; if found, a dental exam is indicated.
- Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings.