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Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the mucous membranes, especially the eyes and the mouth, become extremely dry. Primary Sjögren’s occurs alone with no other associated conditions, while secondary Sjögren’s is often accompanied by other autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
You may already know that you have Sjogren’s syndrome when you visit us at Johns Hopkins. Or, you may have symptoms of dry mouth and are not sure what to do. We may begin your evaluation, but will probably send you to a rheumatologist for confirmation of the diagnosis.
Your doctor will do a complete clinical exam and ask for a thorough medical and family history. He or she will probably order:
From a dental standpoint, your dentist will want to carefully monitor your oral health if you are diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. Because the condition causes reduced saliva in the mouth your chances of developing dental cavities increase. Our team of dentists will work closely with you and your doctor to help with your symptoms and manage your oral care. Our dentists will probably recommend more frequent cleanings to maintain your oral health.
To make an appointment, call us at 410-955-6663.