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Immune Disorders 101

 

When the immune system attacks the body’s organs, tissues and cells, a number of diseases and disorders can occur. These are often referred to as autoimmune disorders, and include, but are not limited to type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, inflammatory bowel disease and selective immunoglobulin deficiencies.

People with immune disorders are also at risk of oral health conditions. Common problems are dry mouth (xerostomia), burning mouth syndrome, the lips, tongue can become hard, gum overgrowth and a higher risk of cavities and periodontal disease.13

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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