Dental Problems related to Crohns???

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   Posted 5/29/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd just like to point out that dental flossing is a very good idea. Much of the tooth rot comes from bacteria lodged between the teeth and surrounding gums, and flossing removes this. If you haven't flossed for a long time, you'll notice that when you do, there is a pretty bad smell that is released. That's the odor of all those bacterial colonies which you are unearthing with the floss. If you floss at least once daily, you won't have that odor, and your gums will be much healthier.

This is not a panacea, but it's highly recommended.

crohn'snz said...
Forgot to say earlier... on the enamel issue, I had a dentist tell me I was brushing my teeth too hard because I was scrubbing off the enamel. Is that even possible? Perhaps that was a sign that my enamel wasn't in good shape...

The so-called "whitening" toothpastes are abrasive and can damage the enamel. Regular fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush are best.

Those of you who have had implants - do you mind if I ask how much you paid? My wife just had 9 of them done here in Taiwan, at about US$2000 a piece. Just curious to know how this compares to prices elsewhere in the world.

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   Posted 5/30/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hey! I too have had my fair share of cavities! I also get horrible ulcers in my mouth as well, which are definitely Crohn's related. My sister and mom both work in the dental field and have shared their concern of my dental issues b/c of medications I've been on as well as often as I vomit, it can in fact weaken the enamel on your teeth causing your chances of getting a cavity much higher.

- I am going to get a cleaning next week and will ask my dentist about getting ceilants put in , to see if that will help prevent future problems!
28y/o F, diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 25 y/o , 2000 units of Vitamin D , 1500 Units of Calcium
60mg of 6-MP once daily since Feb. 2010

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   Posted 5/30/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had alot of dental issues.  The past 2 years, I see the dentist at least every 2-3 months for something.
Waiting now to get a partial lower denture, as I have no lower molars left.
Some dentists have been understanding, tried to help me, as I have no dental insurance, some don't care...
I do remember a few years ago, when I first started looking into pain control.  I was on methadone, and that stuff just seemed to eat right through my teeth.
I have been using morphine sulfate every since, and it seems alot better.
Been using the fluoride rinse the past few months, and it seems to be helping, I have not had any cavities while using it.

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   Posted 5/30/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagoned with Lichen Planus, a gum disease. My dentist said is from my CD.
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