Oral Symptoms of Lyme Diseases:
- Dry mouth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pulpitis, or the oral inflammation of dental pulp
- Pain in the chewing muscles
- Pain in the temporomandibular joints
- Bell’s palsy, or partial facial paralysis
How to Prevent Ticks:
- Use tick prevention for your dog or other pets. If your pet picks up some ticks outside, he or she will bring them into your home. This makes you and your family vulnerable to tick bites too.
- When you’re going outside, especially in grassy or wooded areas, cover up. Wear long pants and long socks so that a tick will not have immediate access to your skin.
- Wear a tick repellent bug spray containing DEET.
- If you, your family members, or your pets contract a tick, remove it immediately with care. Use a pair of tweezers, gripping the tick as close to its head as possible. The earlier a tick is removed, preferably within 24 hours, the less likely it is that the tick will pass on Lyme disease to the person or animal.