Systemic sclerosis (or scleroderma) is a rare condition which can affect most organs in the body that cause problems due to abnormal blood vessel function (e.g. Raynaud’s phenomenon), scar tissue formation (e.g. in the skin causing skin tightening) and inflammation (activation of the immune system against the body’s own tissues).
The mouth, oral cavity and teeth can be affected in systemic sclerosis leading to difficulties with speech, feeding and reduced quality of life. This education booklet will explain how the mouth can be affected and what you can do to manage these problems.