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A 21-year-old male asked:

does crohn's disease influence the onset of gingivitis? and if it does, is it treatable? (the gingivitis) thank you!

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Possible: Crohn's Disease may manifest some elements of gingivitis and periodontist...gum and bone issues around the teeth and, gum tissue and underlying bone. Gum disease is normally treatable with extra cleanings at the dentist and also more diligence in home care. I would consider possibly an electric toothbrush in addition to tarter control toothpaste, rinses and immaculate flossing.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Gingivitis treatable: Gingivitis is a treatable disease by daily flossing and brushing three times a day. You should also see your dentist to have a professional cleaning to eliminate toxins in the gums. I have not seen anything about Crohn's disease influencing gingivitis.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 11 years experience
agreed
Nov 14, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course: Increase in the size of gingiva is a common feature of gingival diseases that is present in Crohn’s disease.
Dr. William Williams
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Gingivitis is classically infection of the gums from bacteria. Gingival hyerplasia is an increase in the size of the gums (more bulk) and is caused by several medications such as dilantin and some heart medications. Treatment for gingivitis is local typically so your dentist needs to be involved in cleaning your teeth. Your job is good plaque removal daily.
Nov 14, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 36 years experience
Provided original answer
Very good point. Thank you for sharing Dr. William Williams.
Nov 14, 2014

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