Originally Posted by vbc
When was lupus first recognized as a disease? Where did it originate?
If one of the symptoms of lupus is losing teeth, when was the process of losing teeth recognized as a symptom of lupus?
How common...how prevalent is this disease?
Lupus was first recognized by medical science in the late 1800’s. But really became more understood in the last 50 yrs. We learn more every day (thanks researchers!)
The losing of teeth is more prevalent in Sjogren's disease. Sjogren's disease's main symptom is extremely dry mucous membranes (dry mouth, eyes, etc) When you have extremely dry oral membranes (mouth), your teeth begin to deteriorate. Saliva help get food from between teeth and is really necessary for healthy teeth. Patients w/ Sjoren's (like me) have to be really good about brushing after eating, flossing, and use a saliva substitute. I suck on sugar free candy and gum w/ helps, and I live with a bottle of water attached to my hand.
My dentist told me the teeth probs were from the Sjogrens and not my Lupus.
LFA (Lupus Foundation of America) market research data show that between 1,400,000 and 2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with lupus. (Study conducted by Bruskin/Goldring Research, 1994). Lupus is more prevalent than AIDS, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined.
hope this help answer your questions. God Bless!