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   Posted 5/21/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
At my 9 year old's recent dental appt, the dentist immediately noted a lot if inflammation of his gums (deep red and puffy). Upon cleaning my son's teeth, the dentist commented that the amount of plaque didn't seem to warrant the extent of inflammation. Does anyone know if this is due to Crohn's? My son is on Remicade (4th infusion due in a few weeks) or could it be from the Remicade? No sores exist past or present in or around his mouth though. Any thoughts?



Son, age 9, recent change in diagnosis from UC (from age 4) to now Crohn's as of 3/08. Colectomy with perm. ileostomy done 7/07 because of persistent, severe unresponsive "UC". Only med now is Remicade which keeps the horrible cramps and watery stoma output away, and has allowed his appetite and energy to return. I wonder though if the Crohn's is completely controlled.

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   Posted 5/21/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Could be, since Crohn's can effect from the lips to the anus. I know others here have had ulcers and inflammation in their mouth. My lip swelled up from Crohn's, so yes it's very possible.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 35 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

LaLa in SF
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   Posted 5/22/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   


I have inflamation in my gums and mouth as well. Some mornings I have difficulty brushing my teeth because I am so sensitive. My uncle who also has Crohn's experiences gum inflamation as well. I thought I was crazy until my uncle reminded me that Crohn's can manifest in the mouth. "Sensitive toothpase" has been helpful. Hope your son feels better!

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   Posted 5/25/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered from gum inflammation for a long time, even with ulcers in my mouth.  Sometimes my gums are swollen and red and even have red nodules on them, which didn't happen until the crohn's. 
27 yr old female, diagnosed with crohn's colitis with stricture of the colon april 2007, first fistula- october 07 :(  
joint pain and swelling
current medications:  Imuran 50 MG, Lialda 1.2g, tramadol 50mg when needed, remicade

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   Posted 5/26/2008 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I've definitely had gum inflammation as well as mouth ulcers. Hurt to brush my teeth AND hurt to talk. Not much to do about it except rinse with some ULCER EASE and wait it out. Mine usually acts up when I'm in a flare.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue

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   Posted 5/26/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone ever get a swollen throat? Like.. the gland in my throat on the right side just below my jawline swells out when I am in a UC flare.. right now its hard like a golf ball but not quite that big. People can notice it and often ask if my throat is sore. My Family DR had told me one time it was from my UC.. it made sense to me at the time because I noticed it only swelled when I had other symptoms at the same time. Only now.. it doesn't really make sense to me because UC shouldn't effect my throat right? Unless.... maybe I had crohns?? I am going to ask my GI about it on the 9th when I go in to see about this 3 month long flare !! I have also had inflammation in my gums for the last few years.. they bleed alot and my dentist had mentioned it but I just thought they were sensitive guns. Hmmm.
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG as needed <usually one pill a day> until I see my GI
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Currently in a flare since March 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 5/26/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have problems with my gums and my teeth have been breaking. the doc says it is due to my CD.

CD diagnosed 34 years ago
Stem Cell Transplant may be back on
Lap-assisted Ileocolic Resection- February 2008
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Back on Prednisone - I hate it
Ranitidine HCL 
Prednisone 1% (eye drops)
Maxidex  (eye ointment)
Homatropine 5% (eye drops)
B12, Folic Acid, Vitaman D, Calcium

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   Posted 5/27/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had pretty sore gums ever since I was diagnosed. I do my best to be very gentle when brushing and use the most mild of toothpastes.
The dental hygenist even said that if my mouth was really sore that I didn't HAVE to use toothpaste all of the time. Also recommended a toothpaste from "Kiss my Face" that is supposed to be really gentle, although I haven't tried that yet.
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 6 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- 1+ year (Nov. '06)

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   Posted 5/27/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys. I just knew it had to be CD related. I worry so much about the long term effects of CD on him. But I'm also very confident that better therapies are coming.

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