Oral manifestations of autoimmune connective tissue diseases
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and Sjögren's syndrome (SS) have an abnormality in structure or function of one or more of the elements of connective tissue, that is, collagen, elastin, (and cells) or the mucopolysaccharides.

Collagen develops from the mesoderm and is present in almost all parts of the body. The word “collagen” comes from the Greek, means “glue producing.” It is fibrous in nature and triple helical structure (Madras helix). It is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, bone, and teeth.

In oral tissue, collagen is present in alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, pulp, cementum, temporomandibular joint, dentin, gingiva, and basal bone. Any disease which affects collagen will affect directly or indirectly oral tissues and its functioning.

In this article, published in the Indian Journal of Rheumatology, the authors present a review of connective tissue diseases which have characteristic oral findings, the early identification of which would help the clinicians in the early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

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