An estimated 2.3 million people around the globe have the debilitating nervous system disease known as multiple sclerosis (MS). This disease affects the brain and central nervous system, causing the immune system to eat away at the myelin coating of the nerves, which stalls communication between the body and the brain. Additionally, over time this can cause severe nerve damage, which can be extremely painful and can make it difficult to do everyday things like driving, walking and even brushing your teeth.
But unfortunately for patients with MS, neglecting one’s oral health can be a big problem. That’s because, according to a new report by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), there could be a link between the inflammation caused by gum disease and MS.
So, what can you do if you have MS and can’t take care of your teeth and gums as well as you should? First of all, speak to Dr. Abelar about your diagnosis so he can help you formulate an oral health plan. This could include more frequent checkups and cleanings as well as some additional steps or products to help your oral health care routine run more efficiently.
If you have MS and live with a spouse or partner, don’t be afraid to ask for help with any aspects of your oral health routine. If you live alone, speak to your neurologist about the difficulties you are experiencing caring for your oral health. He or she may be able to approve a visiting nurse to help with hygiene or recommend exercises or devices that will improve your mobility.
The most important thing to remember is to not give up. It can be challenging living with chronic pain, but don’t let chronic pain hurt your health further by causing you to give up caring for your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about this or anything else related to your oral health, please give Dr. Abelar a call at 858-256-4516.