Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks that carry a type of bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi. Once bitten by an infected tick, the bacterium travels through the blood and establishes itself in various body tissues. Lyme disease is a multisystem inflammatory disease that often appears as a localized rash within 7 to 10 days along with a multitude of symptoms, which can sometimes be quite severe. The first symptoms typically start in the summer months, which is the height of the tick season. For this reason, the month of May has been named Lyme disease awareness month.
The initial symptoms of Lyme disease can present as flu-life symptoms including rash, fever, chills, stiff neck, headaches, muscle aches and joint pain. It is important to be informed of the early symptoms of this disease as the later symptoms can include arthritis, neurological and cardiac disorders. We would like to bring awareness to a number of symptoms that involve the head, neck and mouth.
Lyme Disease Head and Neck Symptoms Include:
- Facial Paralysis (Bell’s Palsy)
- Grinding or Clenching Teeth (Bruxism)
- Mouth Sores
- Dizziness with Head & Movement
- Dry Cough
- Dry Eyes, Nose & Mouth
- Ear, Palate or Gum Pain
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
- Sinus Infection
- Unexplained Toothaches
- Difficulty Chewing & Swallowing
- Runny Nose without Cold or Allergy Symptoms
It is important to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis. At Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we try to keep our patients informed about illnesses that can affect your overall health and educated on oral manifestations that may occur. Along with regular medical checkups, keep your oral health in check by visiting your dentist every six months. Early recognition is essentially! Give us a call for your next dental exam at (813) 289 – 0560.
For further reading about Lyme disease head and neck symptoms, news and treatments visit American Lyme Disease Foundation. You can show your support and help fight against this potentially disabling or fatal illness by making a contribution online here.