WHY would I write about Lyme disease on a DENTAL website? BECAUSE a common side-effect of Lyme is to cause pain in the jaw, around teeth, that can be mistaken for a tooth problem.
Sometimes teeth have been extracted, only to have the pain come back!
Lyme disease is a relatively common infection, caused by bacteria, and it occurs in areas where there are a lot of ticks. The bacteria responsible for symptoms of Lyme disease is called Borrelia burgdorferi, and the way it is spread is by tick bites, from the Ixodes tick.
When an infected tick bites a human, the bacteria is transmitted, and the resulting infection is known as Lyme disease. Tick bites occur quite often in many different areas of the world, BUT only a small number of ticks carry the infection. SO, it’s important to remember that NOT all tick bites will result in Lyme disease.
ONLY those ticks carrying the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi can transmit Lyme disease infection, and subsequently symptoms Lyme disease.
How do you know if you have a serious infection that needs treatment?
How can it be treated and what is the outlook?
For more information about testing for Lyme disease, have a look at Lyme disease blood tests.
Lyme disease affects multiple systems in the human body. It can affect the joints, and can look like the patient has arthritis.
Lyme disease can also affect other areas of the body, including peripheral and central nervous systems. This bacterial infection can be severely debilitating; without treatment it can even be fatal. Therefore, it is very important to understand the symptoms Lyme disease, and how those symptoms can be diagnosed and treated.
There are many different signs and symptoms to be on the look-out for if you think you may have been exposed to ticks, or have actually been bitten by a tick.
SO, if you have a jaw or tooth pain that your dentist cannot explain, you should consider the possibility of Lyme disease. Some of those symptoms of Lyme disease listed above only occur if the disease becomes systemic and spreads throughout the whole body.
Systemic spread can be prevented if the disease is diagnosed and treated in its early stages. There are some other important signs and symptoms that, as a patient you should be aware of if ever exposed to this disease.
These topics are addressed in the next pages. Those topics include:
Going forward, understanding these areas will help evaluate those key signs and symptoms that can help diagnose this disease in its early stages. Lyme disease affects many; and therefore, this topic is an important one to discuss.