“According to the National Library of Medicine, side effects of prednisone include vertebral compression fractures (fracture of your back bones), stunted growth in children. . .”
“Medications That Can Cause Bone Loss
bone that supports your teeth.”
“It’s also possible to develop osteoporosis when on prednisone for long periods of time, and the medication has been shown to cause poor growth or stunted growth in kids who are on it long-term.”
order all my drinks in restaurants with no ice, and leave all my drinks out of the fridge. I figured
its the steroids (what bad side effect ISN”T the steroids?) I am currently tapering, and was hoping
the tooth sensitivity would improve after being off the steroids. You think it might be permanent????
YIKES! now I’m freaking out!”
about 6 or 8 months ago. I never had a doctor tell me in my life that I had hypo-calcifacation. You’re
making me paranoid that it might be the prednisone now.”
and cavities pretty often. One tooth was so bad, it had to be crowned and I’ve got another that’s
cracked that we’re keeping an eye on. I’ve had people tell me this is normal as you get older,
but I disagree. My brother is almost five years older than I am and still doesn’t have a cavity in
his mouth. It only makes sense if pred causes bone loss, it would affect your teeth, too.”
VERY SENSITIVE to anything cold, especially my front teeth.”
anything cold, even mild water out of the tap…I’m finally off of pred, first time in close to 8 months…
My teeth are still very sensitive…I wonder if that will go away?? I’m down to 15mg and I’m getting
off this stuff, flaring or not.”
“Yes – the pred resulted in major tooth sensitivity for me. It took a long time for my teeth to return
sensitivity for about 1 week now – out of the blue and very sensitive to cold.”
time has improved the situation. I am 8 years out from my last pred dose and the tooth sensitivity is
almost a thing of the past. I still get ocassional bouts but they are less in severity and don’t last as
long. Sensitive teeth is a known side effect of Prednisone. My teeth are still sensitive but not nearly
as bad as when I’m on Pred.”
a little different from bone in their structure. Bone tissue is constantly being rebuilt over a lifetime,
which is why bone loss is common with long-term prednisone use. Suddenly the amount of bone
being built is less than bone being destroyed. Tooth enamel, once formed, doesn’t rebuild itself
over a lifetime. You can strengthen enamel. . . but once formed (around birth and just after for
most permanent teeth), it doesn’t readily rebuild itself. This is why you get cavities in your teeth,
but you don’t get “cavities” in your bones. (your bones can heal; enamel, in most cases, can’t.)”
believe the information found in a good diet -called “Cure Tooth Decay”- that it’s possible to
rebuild both enamel and bones.)
“That being said, prednisone is absolutely, definitely, a contributor in tooth decay, especially if it’s used over the long term. “
“My teeth became sensitive to anything cold when I was nearing the end of my three-month Prednisone treatment. Two years later, they aren’t nearly as sensitive. I’ve been taking calcium supplements for years
Once again a reminder – if you’re on pred, take your calcium!!!”
“Has anyone tried the new mouthwashes that are supposed to help deposit minerals back in your teeth? ACT is the one that comes to mind…
” I was diganosed with UC at the age of 17 and was put on a high does of predisone because nothing else worked.I was on and off it for almost two years.The 2nd time I was on it I noticed strange things happening to my teeth,brown spots forming on them which was clearly decay.What’s sad is right before I got sick with UC I had my braces taken off and my teeth had never looked better.”
“Things got worse even though I was going to the dentist all the time.They would fill in my teeth/bond them and a month later some random tooth would start breaking apart/they were crumbling apart *the stuff of nightmares* or I would need a root canal.The dentists *it was a team of two* I went to said the predisone had stripped my teeth of all it’s calcium/protection.
It was hopeless,scary and painful till after 4 years of not being able to stop it,they sent me to a cosmectic dentist who completely shaved down all my teeth and capped them all with Porcelain veneers,which cost a darn fortune. Ive only had to have a couple of root canals in my teeth since ive been going to him and it’s seemed to stop the decay because he bascially got rid of all my teeth except for the roots.
My former pediactric gastro doctor didnt warn me of any of this and frankly if I could sue him I would.
And to top it off the steroids have given me Osteoporosis in my hip and osteopina in both my wrists and I just found out about that 3 months ago. My first scan a few years back showed nothing was wrong.”
“I was on Prednisone for about 5 years. After I finally got off of it I had a bone density scan done.
I was diagnosed with osteopenia. The doctor told me that it was reversible now that I was off the prednisone.”
“I was diganosed with UC at the age of 17 and was put on a high does of predisone because nothing else worked.I was on and off it for almost two years.The 2nd time I was on it I noticed strange things happening to my teeth,brown spots forming on them which was clearly decay.Whats sad is right before I got sick with UC I had my braces taken off and my teeth had never looked better.”
“Things got worse even though I was going to the dentist all the time.They would fill in my teeth/bond them and a month later some random tooth would start breaking apart/they were crumbling apart *the stuff of nightmares* or I would need a root canal.The dentists *it was a team of two* I went to said the predisone had stripped my teeth of all it’s calcium/protection.”
So my conclusion is that in order to have descent teeth, my little guy will first have to have his teeth fall apart, before the drug gets out of his system, and then they can (with a good diet) start to rebuild themselves. In the meantime, it will likely cause him pain, and I would be tempted to do a lot of dental work. My poor baby:( I hope someone can learn from this so that they won’t make the same mistake in the future. Maybe sometime I’ll tell you of the disaster I averted by avoiding the doctors with My Daughters
P.S At the age of two my sons weakened teeth made one break right off when popped in the mouth one day. When I went to the pediatric dentist, instead of telling me the discolored lines were drug induced, he said it was because I breastfed my little boy Biologically. (The way it’s been done for thousands of years in most every culture of the world that has good or perfect teeth.) So now I see that Dentists are in the back pocket of the Pharmaseudical companies too, and nursing woman have become the “scapegoats” of the drugs companies blunders. No wonder I haven’t heard more about these effects on babies if mothers are told that! More on this in a future post. . .