I am a 45 year old female who was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 19yrs old. I have never really had very good teeth, but floss and of course brush daily and do try to take care of them. I was wondering if others with Crohn's have a bad time with their teeth due to medicines, diet and other things. Comments would be greatly appreciated. It seems like there should be something under the medical insurance that would cover since my dental insurance plans only cover fillings and extractions.
Previous to being diagnosed with Crohns and starting medication to deal with it, I had good healthy teeth with maybe 1 or 2 cavities ever. But ever since I started meds about 6-7 yrs. ago I have had trouble with my teeth. I clench them at night and I brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash very regularly 2-3 times a day but I've been having more cavities than usual.
Could this be a side effect of the meds or the Crohn's disease. The medications i'm taking are called Pentasa, occasionally a steriod called Predinsone, and again an occasional med for spasms when they arise. (I forget the name of that medication). If you could provide me with any information regarding Crohns and the effects it may or may not have on you teeth that would be great! Thanks.