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   Posted 10/26/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
i was just wondering my teeth are starting to break would this
be dew to taking alot of meds for crohns is there anyone out
there that could recommend anything to help strenthen my
teeth just wondering does this happen to anyone else
im a 40 yr old woman who has CD since 1993..
current medication is pentassa and purinethol.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been having more dental problems too. I had a cracked tooth resulting in a root canal and crown this summer. Boy, did it ever hurt! I have another tooth that is bothering me as well. There are some mouth washes that are supposed to strengthen your teeth. I can't recall the name. I think they have calcium and fluoride in them. Check with your dentist to see why your teeth are crumbling.
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   Posted 10/26/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had crowns put on just about every tooth left in mouth and sometimes even those break. I think between the disease and our meds especially the steroids, really do a number on our teeth. I would recommend you taking extra calcium and Vitamin D3 to strenthen your bones. I would also bring it to your doctors attention. Good luck!
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   Posted 10/26/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks nanners for that
im a 40 yr old woman who has CD since 1993..
current medication is pentassa and purinethol.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
What I would sugget is to talk to your dental hygienist. The dentists seems to stay out of the hygiene realm on a frequent basis.

It is true though that meds can do devastating things to you mouth(teeth and soft tissue). Steroids especially.

Cortico-steroids tend to leach calcium from your bones, your teeth---extensions of bone.

Increase calcium (if your diet allows) take multivitamin/mineral supplements (as tolerated), talk to your dental professional about whether you are bruxing or not. Bruxing is a nice dental term for those that like to grind their teeth. It happens. We all do it from time to time. But the human bite can fracture teeth even in healthy individuals.  And if you are an occlusal guard may be needed.

On a side note. Without x-rays, and an intraoral exam being able to assist you with this question is difficult. Please take what I have stated as suggestions/food for thought and please seek your dental professionals advice /guidance.

Also, be sure to please give them a complete list of ALL meds and dosages of everything taht you are taking to include over the counter and herbals.

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   Posted 10/27/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
It never fails to amaze me that every time I log on to our web site, some one has a question about something that I am going through. I too am having tooth issues. Out of nowhere I had a tooth that became particularly damaged and it happened in only 4 months since that was when I had been for my last cleaning, etc. It was pulled out and only part of the bone graph was done. I am now waiting for 6 months to go back for the implant and the 2nd bone graph to be done. In the meantime, I need sinus surgery to drain a cyst located in my left sinus cavity close to my eye. As we all know, nothing is simple for us, so for something that sounds so easy and quick, it must be done under general anesthesia. All of this is being done to avoid any kind of infection because I am on 6MP and Cimzia. (among another 15 pills!)
But the good news that I never overlook because it has changed my life, is that the 6MP and the Cimzia have given me my life back. For 31 years and 20-25 trips to a bathroom a day to "normal" I feel really good so I guess time will tell but I can't imagine that all my teeth will break, at least I hope not.
Have a good day, everyone. Darilyn(Omigrandma)

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   Posted 10/27/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
For years my teeth were great - no new cavities, no problems period. Then I got Crohn's. Since that time I've had a half dozen cavities and two broken teeth. I've had dentists and hygienists tell me that steroids likely are not responsible. Personally, I believe without doubt that they have weakened my teeth. I have osteoporosis also, so why not my teeth? I take very good care of them, probably better than I did pre-Crohn's and I still have way more trouble with my teeth.
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