Common Dental Problems: Halitosis

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Dryness of Mouth & Eyes?! Find out more about Sjogren’s Syndrome!

Sjogren’s Syndrome is the expression of an autoimmune process that results principally in dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and dry mouth (xerostomia) owing to lymphocytes (a types of white blood cell) mediated destruction of lacrimal (tear) and salivary glands parenchyma (the functional tissue of an organ as distinguished from the connective and supporting tissue). Other autoimmune conditions, particulary rheumatoid arthritis*, lupus erythematosus**, and scleroderma***, may also be seen as a component of this syndrome. Lacrimal and salivary gland involvement is often one expression of this generalized exocrinopathy (problem in exocrine glands of where they secrete substances outside the body) that is lymphocyte mediated.

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