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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone experienced dental problems due to Crohns? 

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   Posted 2/18/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had more decay since dx than in my entire life. All the vomiting and malabsorbtion of calcium has weakened my teeth so now cavities seem to be showing up on regular basis. I have a local friend with crohns who is about 30 years older or so and she has gotten to the point that she only has 6 or 7 teeth left. All the rest had to be pulled they were so bad. I had always prided myself on my good teeth and never having a single cavity for 26 years....then came this dd.

Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior

Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006

GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05

Currently on 100mg 6mp-50 mg,  and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien, predsnisone, humira 1x wk, flagyl, cypro, diflucan, probiotic

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   Posted 2/18/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have sooooo many fillings, crowns root canals etc. Not sure if CD has anything to do with it or not. I just had my teeth cleaned today and my gums are in great shape, but I have to get a crown on a chipped tooth. The reason I went was right jaw pain..............root canal YUK!

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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
When I'm having a flare up, or some pain, I notice that my gums will bleed... not a lot, but when I brush my teeth it's definitely noticeable... also, going to the dentist is a painful experience now. I was told that this is all due to the Crohn's. All I can say is that I make a conscious effort to not ignore my teeth, esp when the rest of me feels crappy.
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade

Julia Hill
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   Posted 2/19/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heen having more problems with my teeth breaking in the last year or two.  My dentist says the MTX and prednisone could be contibuting to this problem.  I will have a mouth full of crowns at the rate I am going.  I have been on pred. for many years, but the issues really started after 3 years of MTX.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   

I have posted this before, but maybe it bears repeating...

My wife is a Dental I have some experience on both sides of the issue.

It is very very important that you keep your dentist informed of all the meds you are taking and especially any surgeries you have.....this DD and its meds does affect many folks teeth and wife suggests that if you have the slightest problem you should up your visits/cleanings from 1 x 6 months to 1 x 3months

FWI....oral cancer is common and on the rise....Everyone needs to be checked on a regular basis....LADIES:  Oral cancer in women is more common than cervical cancer.

My wife on average sees 6 patients a day...three days a week....she sees about 250 to 300 differenet patients a year.  This past year she found oral cancer in at least three people 2 women and 1 man.  All confirmed, all malignant...all three now recovered.  early detection is the key.

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old

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   Posted 2/19/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

I am actually having some pain in my teeth right now. I have decided to see a new dentist for my 6 month checkup. My last one seemed not to care about my CD Diagnosis. I was not too happy about that because it seems he should be somewhat concerned from what i have learned on this board. Plus he was not that great with my kids either.

I have noticed the bleeding gums. I had it recently with a small flare up I had. i did not connect the 2 until now.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica



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   Posted 2/21/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks to all of you for replying.  I am scheduled to have caps put on eight of my upper teeth...all of them have hair line fractures and now my gums are in bad shape.  My GI will not write a statement for me that crohns can cause dental problems.  If he would my medical insurance would help pay.  I am hoping that my dental insurance will at least pay for half.

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