Crumbling Teeth

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Elsie Mae
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   Posted 6/11/2012 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been experiencing crumbling teeth. Could it be from my Lupus, Hypothyroid, and/or Prednizone? Chunks of my back molar have been breaking off yesterday and today. Any way to stop it?

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   Posted 6/12/2012 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elsie. Sjogren's syndrome hitches a ride with me along with lupus and fibromyalgia. Since Sjogren's causes chronic dry mouth and there is not enough saliva to rinse the teeth of bacteria, the teeth break and crumble. I've had 2 crowns put in 'cause of it and I currently have a molar that broke but is holding its' own and I'm ignoring. Love, Butterflake 

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   Posted 6/12/2012 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd talk with the dentist.

Elsie Mae
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   Posted 6/12/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information and suggestions.  I go see my dentist later today.  This morning I asked my pharmacist about Prednizone as a possible cause and he has never heard of that before.  He thinks I may need increased flouride to strengthen my teeth.  I'll let you know what the dentist says in case anyone else has had or may have a similar problem with their teeth.

Elsie Mae
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   Posted 6/12/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the dentist today and needed to get a crown since so much of the tooth had broken off. He does not believe the problem to be related to Lupus, Hypothroid, or Prednizone. He had personally had the same thing happen to him recently. Teeth with OLD fillings can crack and break off years later. My filling may date back to 30 + yrs.

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   Posted 6/12/2012 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I'm at the age where small cavities filed as a child now need to come out and be replaced...and often the replacement is by crowns as the tooth has decayed more than the filing and needs to be held together by a crown...nothing to do with any disease process or medication.

My dentist says that's fairly normal for the 45-55 age, fun, fun, and not just a few $$.
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