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sjogren's syndrome

Sjogren's syndrome is a connective tissue disease characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of exocrine glands causing tissue damage and resulting in xerostomia and dry eyes.


Symptoms may include:


  • mouth ulcers
  • dental caries
  • enlarged salivary glands
  • dry, sticky, erythematous oral mucosa

Causes may include:


  • genetics
  • environmental factors
  • immunologic activation

Treatment may include:


  • meticulous oral hygiene
  • humidifier
  • unscented skin lotions
  • frequent dental care
  • avoidance of sugar, tobacco, alcohol, and spicy, salty or highly acidic foods
  • increase fluid intake
  • medication
  • rheumatology

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