Prednisone made my teeth really sensitive. It also gave me the first dental problem I've ever had. I'm 41 years old, and until last Friday had never had a filling, or *any* type of dental problem. My colon might be a mess, but I had *perfect* teeth. Straight, no cavities, white... i was a walking tooth paste commercial.
Then last week, the sensitivity got progressively worse. Finally, my second to last molar on my right lower jaw become too sensitive to even touch. I looked at it, and noticed a dark line under the enamel. So off to the dentist. An x-ray revealed and abscess. He mentioned that he couldn't see how the bacteria got into the tooth to cause the abscess. The infection also fought the local anesthetic; they couldn't get me all the way numb. So he started drilling, promising me that once the nerve chambers were exposed, he could directly dose them with local anesthetic. During the drilling, he found the ingress the bacteria used. My tooth was fractured. He said that it was most likely caused by prednisone making my teeth brittle. And since the fracture went all the way through the tooth, they'd have to pull it. So off to the oral surgeon (conveniently located next door to the dentist) I went. So here I sit with one less tooth in my jaw. And of course it would be one of the biggest teeth you have.
Moral of the story: prednisone can cause not only sensitive teeth, but can also cause them to become brittle. My dentist said the only way to combat this was, of course, frequent brushing, and asking your dentist for a flouride treatment once every six months.
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Started Cimzia 12/4/08. Down to 5 mg/day of Pred now, and will continue to taper until completely off as long as the other meds keep me off the porcelain.
I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.