Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects more than one million Americans, many of them undiagnosed. The clinical definition of CFS is severe fatigue lasting six or more months with other causes excluded by diagnosis.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from CFS, only a medical professional can make an accurate diagnosis, typically after ruling out a number of other potential causes. The disease can be quite debilitating and adversely affect the patient’s quality of life, so a proper diagnosis is essential.
CFS can create a variety of dental issues, including jaw pain and dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. In addition, the medications used to treat CFS can contribute to other oral conditions. It is especially important for people diagnosed with CFS to take good care of their teeth.
Dentists accommodate patients with CFS by making sure checkups are scheduled when the patient’s energy level is high enough to manage the treatment, and the dentist will consult closely with the patient’s physician on treatments such as oral surgery that require extra recovery time and care.
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