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Dental professionals on occlusal changes in MS research

  • By Hvcard

    As practicing general dentist I’ve noticed that one of the first symptoms on undiagnosed yet patients is sudden dental occlusion ( bite) changes. They develop often pretty severe TMD ( temporomandibular disorder) symptoms. Sometimes occlusal guards we make don’t fit next day. Referral to check on MS usually confirms diagnosis. I cannot find much literature about it. Is there any research in this area?

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  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    What an interesting insight, Hvcard! While I know TMJ has been discussed within this particular community, I do not know how widely recognized the correlation between dental health and MS has been studied. Here is a recent article on TMJ and other jaw issues and MS that you may find interesting — https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/jaws-tmj-bruxism-their-relation-to-ms-and-why-were-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat/comment-page-1/#comments. Thanks for sharing and I would be very interested to see what further research in this area reveals. Being able to “flag” dental patients for MS screening through a dental exam could potentially save a lot of time and money! Thanks again for sharing! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

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  • By 4gracie4

    actually just heard that MS itself and the meds involved can cause really bad cracks and decay…..i am one of them..as long ago as 5 years ago my dentist had the balls to ask me if I was a Meth smoker! there was a recent study in the UK but can’t find it…anybody else out there have really bad teeth due to not them self? I have very few whole teeth left!

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