Posted 8/19/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)
I used to have great teeth too, and then the last time I went to the dentist, I had like 10 cavities that I had to get filled!!! It was a NIGHTMARE. I've never been afraid of the dentist before, but now I'm terrified, the guy was so rough about it.

Anyway, he did say my enamel on the outside is resistant to decay somehow, and my cavities appear in between my teeth (which makes it difficult). Other than that they're white and straight (but I'm obsessive about brushing my teeth and use whitening toothpaste, which I've heard from some that it isn't the best to use all the time).
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
Primadophilus Reuteri
20 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
10meq Potassium Cl

Posted 8/19/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)
I've always had bad teeth and in fact I joke and say that when I'm 80, I'm still going to have all my teeth because they're all porcelain!
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa (when needed), 6MP (50-75mgs), Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION - sort of!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra 
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Posted 8/20/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)
IBD patients need to practice good dental hygiene. Steroid meds especially can weaken the tiny ligaments that anchor teeth in place. Keep your calcium & vit D intake up! Brush after eating with a soft toothbrush + use floss & an interdental brush to get out particles stuck between teeth. Get checked by the dentist at least every 6 months. Medical researchers now believe that good dental hygiene also helps to prevent other issues, such as some types of heart disease. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 x 3 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon, which is responding)
Posted 8/20/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)

I've had only one small cavity in 45 years berfore UC came into my life.  In just normal chewing I broke a previously healthy tooth in 3 pieces.  Th3e tooth could not be saved and first came the extraction then surgery for one of the dental implants.

My GI said that was most likey due to calsium being leeched from my body by the UC.  I remember during my first visit to my GI, he told me to make sure I was taking a good multivitamin and Calcium with vitamin D.  Guess I didn't take enough.


Prescriptions: Lialda (on a study) asacol, hycosamine, protonix, synthroid, zyrtec, avalide, nasocort, Miacalcin spray and Trazadone for sleep.
OTCs:  Usana multivitamins and multiminerals, Usana Procosa, Usana Mega Antioxidants, Omega 3, Vit. E,  Healthy trinity probiotics, Calcium Citrate

Posted 8/21/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)
I never had cavities before, but I do now. Just had three filled. I think prednisone is the culprit. I asked my doctor... we know it thins the bones... makes sense it would have an adverse effect on teeth, too. He agreed.

Y'all may want to look into a Sonicare toothbrush. My hubby had terrible dental problems when we married. When I convinced him to see a dentist, they put him on the Sonicare and it's really turned his situation around. Now, I'm using it, too.
Posted 8/21/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)
Saw my dentist recently and my dental assistant asked if something had changed in my diet or what because my teeth were much worse than a year ago. It's been a year since my UC was triggered so I suspect the meds.

I have been using Sonicare for years as well and do like it.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, VSL #3, olive leaf extract, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine

Posted 8/22/2007 5:22 AM (GMT -7)
Here is a link.
You have to search pubmed very carefully but you can find articles that suggest that mouth bacteria may have something to do with IBD. Old Mike
Posted 8/22/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)
I have horrible teeth. Tons of cavities, four root canals...I've spent more money on my teeth than my car and that's with insurance. I like to joke that between my UC, my bad eyesight, my teeth and all my other health issues my parents should have just drowned me at birth. It's hard feeling this defective.
28 yr old female
Ulcerative Colitis-left sided
Diagnosed Summer 2006
Fish oil, probiotics, aloe vera juice
No coffee, no alcohol, no popcorn
(got cocky during remission, now know this is probably for life)
Never taken UC meds

Posted 8/22/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -7)
I can agree with the connection (thanks for the link Mike)...but not the other way around. The bad teeth and its cause/invaders would come first.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Posted 5/30/2012 5:07 AM (GMT -7)
The other issue to bear in mind- one that, I, who am very lazy when it comes to flossing, have to keep reminding myself- is that if one ever lets dental issues degenerate to the point where a procedure is needed that could require antibiotics, one is putting oneself at enormous risk for an antibiotic induced flareup. That has happened to me twice in my life. (I will actually not even use a systemic antibiotic now unless it seems life and death.) I am trying to at least floss a couple times a week, along with using a good high sleed electric toothbrush akk the time and the occasional water jet treatment. I have considered getting my teeth cleaned at 4 instead of 6 months but in practice 6 mos rolls by so fast, and insurance only picks up at 6 mos, so I stick with the 6 mo appointments.
Posted 5/30/2012 5:13 AM (GMT -7)
Please keep in mind that the OP posted this in 2007.
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