Lupus and your body

Can oral health problems be a result of my lupus?

There are no studies showing lupus directly causes oral health issues. However, it is very common for people with lupus to develop oral lesions or ulcerations in the mouth area.  These are often not painful and they typically mimic numerous other conditions, such as lichen planus (common skin disorder) or recurrent aphthous ulcers (canker sores).  Additionally, many of the medications prescribed to manage lupus can cause oral health complications, including cavities, gum disease, fungal infection or dry mouth. Talk to your healthcare provider regularly about your oral health and any complications you may be experiencing.

Medically reviewed on March 03, 2014

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