I've never had a cavity and always take great care of my teeth. Now I have lupus, got gum swelling and lost a back tooth. Could lupus be the cause?
Possibly, but rare. It sounds more like periodontal disease. You state that you take great care of your teeth and never had a cavity. That is great, but you did not state whether or not you see a dentist regularly. If you do not then the swelling gums and lost tooth is most likely due to periodontal disease and not lupus. If you see a dentist regularly then go to see him/her and get this checked out.
Auto-immune. As you know lupus is an auto-immune disease. Determining what caused the swelling and tooth loss requires you to see a periodontist (gum specialist) to see if this was also an auto-immune problem, or another type of gum problem. Please ask your dentist for a referral.
Lupus Diagnosed? Have you already been diagnosed with lupus? If so, yes it could be a factor. If not, it is not very high on the list of possibilities by itself.
Severe swelling around front and back tooth. Gum swelling. No pain and no sensitivity to hot/cold. How can I reduce swelling till I go to the docs?
Swelling. Swelling usually indicates an infection, either from the tooth or the gums. Warm salt water rinses may help (dissolve one tsp of salt in a small glass of warm water), but is not a solution even if the swelling subsides. Any swelling needs to be seen by your dentist. Read more...
Gum swelling. Just go to see your dentist. Tyou need a professional care, in the meantime floss and brush as mucha as you can. Read more...