How Does Crohns Disease or IBD affect Oral Health?

Crohns Disease: is a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) condition, also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), that affects nearly 2 million Americans and almost 70,000 new cases are reported each year.

Things to look for in your mouth that may be related to IBD can include:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Inflammation of the tongue and lips

  • Burning mouth

  • White patches on the tissues

  • Red and irritated corners of the mouth

  • Red/bleeding gums (gingivitis)

  • Dry mouth

  • And mouth ulcers

Our Office Offers:

  • Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are important so that we may assist you in preventing further dental issues and periodontal/gum disease.
  • Laser therapy that can aid in healing mouth ulcers faster to provide some relief.
  • Probiotics may also help with IBD that come in chewable tablets, lozenges, or capsule form.

  • You are at an increased risk of cavities if you experience dry mouth so it is very important for you to see your Dentist for exams to monitor your dental health and catch things when they are small and easily treated.

  • There are OTC rinses that have a numbing agent that can help with decreasing pain that you may have or your dentist can prescribe one for you.

For most IBD patients, we recommend morning appointments. It is important to see your Dentist regularly for check-ups to determine if you have any of these signs or symptoms so that your Dentist and Primary Care Physician may work together to support you and your overall health.

Our team is here to help you through your journey to overall comfort and better health.