We previously discussed how Crohn’s Disease and colitis affects more than 1 millions Americans annually. One of the most frequent questions I hear when treating Crohn’s Disease patients is…why does Crohn’s Disease affect the mouth?
Here’s a rundown of how Crohn’s Disease affects the mouth:
- Crohn’s Disease causes inflammation in the GI tract
- The inflamed intestinal lining produces excessive water and salt which leads to diarrhea
- Diarrhea leads to dehydration
- Dehydration leads to a dry mouth
- A dry mouth leads to acid damage to teeth, gums and bone
- Acid damage leads to cavities
- Cavities leads to discolored teeth, broken teeth, painful teeth and infected teeth
- These dental problems can lead to difficulty chewing and digestions
- Indigestion can lead to malnutrition
- All this can lead to missing teeth
- And the cycle continues
If you are suffering from any of these conditions there is hope. We can help through progressive dental education of proper prevention principles in the book Dirty Mouth. We can provide you with a one page summary of how to best apply Dirty Mouth to your specific situation as with Crohn’s Disease. Also, if you need to replace broken, infected or missing teeth, we have help with the 3 Minute Implant™.
Dental implants are not affected by Crohn’s Disease and cannot get cavities. The 3 Minute Implant™ can replace missing teeth, improve chewing, improve digestion. The 3 Minute Implant™ can rejuvenate your smile.
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I wish you well,
Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC