Frustrated with dental health!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else developed gum disease with their Crohn's?

I've been having such dental issues since I was diagnosed. It turns out I need a root canal. Also, my gums are in awful shape! I brush and floss everyday, with a $125 toothbrush the dentist insisted I use, rinse with a special wash, and yet I still get irritation and infection and then scolded at the office for my plaque build up! I can't really eat sugar anymore so who knows where it's coming from...I don't know, this is a bit of a vent, but I just don't know what to do aside from go to the dentist every couple months. I also feel so young (20) to be having all these sorts of issues. God knows what my mouth will look like in ten years!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I had always had great dental health up until a year and a half ago--around the time my Crohn's first started.  I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning and I was told I had gingivitis.  I about fell off the chair!  I have always been anal about having clean teeth and that really shocked me. 

The past two months, my teeth have been VERY sensitive.  Cold hurts, hot hurts, anything not luke warm pretty much hurts.  I have been using Sensodyne toothpaste and not noticed a difference.

I went to the dentist last Tuesday and let me tell you, it was pure hell.  The plaque scrapping hurt so bad and I could tell my gums were bleeding like crazy.  This is gross, but you know how you can taste the blood?  Yeah...

When the dentist came in,  he said my teeth still look ok but my gums are very irritated.  I also mentioned to him that I was on prednisone and he said that can impact the teeth.  I think the disease itself can probably have an impact, because we can lose vitamins and minerals and may not be able to eat enough to replace what we have lost.

I have been told that since we have an inflammatory disease, it can affect us pretty much anywhere, gums included.

Best of luck with your root canal and I am so sorry you are going through all of this!


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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/5/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Years ago I had a case of infected gums and was put on hydrogen peroxide one hydrogen and two amounts of water it helped me ,they were talking gum surgery so I was glad things got better now I have been using that dose for tonsil cleaning wash. I get some plague too and the wash helps some. Another thing to consider is maybe your B-12 is low. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it is very common for us Crohnies to have alot of dental problems. Between the disease itself and the meds, its no wonder. Not sure if B12 will help with dental health though. I know it will with your energy levels.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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