People who have MS are at higher risk of dental disease, but certain tools and techniques can help you take proper care of your teeth.
Because multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder, many people may not realize that it can affect oral health as well. Yet the symptoms of MS can interfere with proper care of the teeth and gums, as can some medications used to treat MS symptoms, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
“Multiple sclerosis can affect motor function and motor coordination,” says Payam Kashani, DDS, of Gentle Family Dental in Queens, New York. “People can lose the ability to control muscles very well.
“To have good oral hygiene, you need good manual dexterity to brush and floss properly. People with MS are not always able to do that well,” Dr. Kashani explains.
However, with some careful planning and adjustments to your routine, people who have MS can still maintain healthy oral hygiene.