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   Posted 10/28/2007 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had long standing diarrhea for over 14 months now.  I have been diagnosed with crohns now for 2 months and we are still trying to find the right combo of meds to help.  In the meantime, my gums are taking a beating.  When I floss they are bleeding heavily and the floss slides under the tooth.  I am on pentassa, entocort and rifaximin.  Anyone have this happen to them?  Is it a vitamin deficiency?

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   Posted 10/28/2007 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris no I never had that but it could be that you have a vittie problem with that D. Have you had your B-12 checked? What is your Dr. saying to do about them. Gee it sounds a bit painful with the flossing. Are you on any vitties. Having any signs of pus or redness? lol gail

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   Posted 10/28/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hi chris
according to my dentist for anyone thats on methotrexate it does affect your gums and teeth when i brush mine bits of my teeth are starting t0 crumble off plus i need quite a few fillings as well.
I never required any dental treatment until i began taking the methotrexate but what can you do.ive been on methotrexate since december last year and for the 1st since being diagnosed in 2004 i have not been in hospital at all this year came close though with the flare ups this drug after all is toxic its bound to come with its advantages and disadvantages unfortunately

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   Posted 10/28/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris, with your long standing diarrhea, I would definitely get your B12 checked. My mouth & gums are the first things I notice when
my shot is due. I have them every 2 weeks. Best of luck

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   Posted 10/28/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris, I would have your B-12 checked. I give myself a B-12 injection once a month. It helps me.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 10/28/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My teeth slowly began crumbling, dental work didn't stay longer than a year prior to my dx. I'm with everyone else. Check your B12 and maybe a zinc supplement might help. Discuss both with your GI.
Meanwhile, I would do some warm salt water rinses to help with inflammed gums to help with the irritation.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 10/29/2007 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, don't let this go unattended. My teeth slowly began crumbling....I couldn't afford dental work as I had no coverage as was on disability. I ended up having to have what was left of my teeth all pulled. I now have to wear dentures. Not fun.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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