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Old 03-23-2005, 07:41 AM   #1
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Question Thyroid and teeth

Anyone heard of this? I had slowly growing unseen spaces between my teeth. I forget the term for it. They measure and assign numbers, I had mostly sevens and eights. I was told it doesn't get much worse before problems and extractions. I was even accused of not brushing or flossing correctly or enough. I did! and my gums seemed healthy. I had little plaque and my last cavity was when I was 16. I was kind of insulted but was more concerned with loosing my teeth. They only suggested better hygiene and to return every 4 months. I was afraid because my mother lost ALL of her teeth in her mid 30's a few at a time due to infections caused by ??? and she fought to save them I remember going to her dentist often and how she suffered(still does) she has hypo too. Although I have been on Thyroid replacement for a few years now and they still cant seem to dose me right. I also still suffer with a list of other symptoms those gaps are now threes and fours ,told pretty much normal. Puzzling thing I didn't change my brushing/flossing habits and I stay far away from calcium because I have had kidney stones. I have read books and many reports on Hypo and it's not mentioned as a symptom, I even asked my dentist if that was thyroid related he thought not. Is this a undocumented symptom of a thyroid imbalance? Have others had premature teeth loss or problems ? If it is related at least it was reversible. We all know how much $$$ and pain dental problems can be. Just a dream-if it was caused by a medical condition shouldnít medical insurance cover it for others if this is true ?

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Old 03-23-2005, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

I've often wondered the same thing. Both a friend and myself have Hashi's and we both have quite a few implants due to tooth loss. My mom was hypo and she also lost a lot of teeth. I have asked my periodontist if it could be thyroid related and he just sort of shrugged.
It would be interesting hearing from others on this board if they've experienced above normal tooth loss.

Old 03-23-2005, 09:35 AM   #3
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

I had great teeth until about six years ago. Then cavity after cavity. I was even told by one dentist that I had the beginning stages of gingivitis. I have always taken care of my teeth so this was a shock. I definately think there is a correlation to thyroid disease and teeth issues.

Old 03-23-2005, 10:39 AM   #4
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

Well, interesting enough, my sister has Lupus and her dentist said that her lupus could have been brought on by an infection in her mouth. And it just seems too coincidental that my surgeon told me that Hashimoto's is caused due to an infection or virus in your body that makes antibodies and then confuses your thyroid for foreign material.

My teeth are bad too, and I hate them. I lost one via the dentist in December and have 13 cavities to fill, but I can't lay there with my mouth open for any period of time just yet because of my surgery.

Old 03-23-2005, 01:40 PM   #5
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I have also had many problems with my teeth in the last five years. I keep getting cavities by my gumline and I can't figure out why. I have always had good oral hygiene but it doesn't seem to do any good now. I have had five teeth filled and one pulled. My dentist said my teeth are literally just falling apart. All around where the cavity is it will just break off.

Old 03-23-2005, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

I was diagnosed hypothyroid in late Jan, but in early Jan I went to the doctor and she discovered that my gumline was receeding. I do brush and floss. I have to go back every 4 months as well. They also did the space between the teeth test but the most i got was a 3. I am only 19, and i take good care of my teeth! I went back during spring break (early March) and she said my gums looked much better. But by then i had been on synthroid for 2 months. No other changes in my oral hygiene or anything. Weird huh?

Old 03-23-2005, 03:56 PM   #7
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

When they read those numbers outloud, they are charting/probing your gums. Anything in the 1-3mm is healthy, and 4+mm is unhealthy leading to recession, bone loss etc. I'm not sure if there is any connection to thyroid, I am hypo, and have no problems, but I also work at a dentist office, so I think I am extra careful about my teeth.

Old 03-23-2005, 04:19 PM   #8
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

I've also had dental problems since about 1 year before I was dx'd with Hashi's/hypothyroid. My gums were full of infection/bacteria. I had to have an dental planing, and now have cleaning/checkups every 3 months. I also had a root canal right before my dx. Before this, I just went bi annually for check ups, and never had any problems. When I asked the periodontist why I was suddenly having these problems, (and this was before the hypo dx), he said it could be "a change in your immune system". Now I'm going back to the perio as recommended by my dentist, as it looks like I have further bone loss in my bottom back molars. They measured at an 8. I'm really afraid to go, as I'm afraid he's going to say they're coming out! Even with insurance, this is going to be expensive. (getting implants, etc.) Personally, I do think it's my thyroid disease.

Old 03-25-2005, 05:06 AM   #9
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Re: Thyroid and teeth

i have been suffering with thyroid disorder for severl years..At first i was hyperthyroid which was undercontrol with medication ,after 6 mnths my medication didnt work so they changed my dosages..In the interum I had body aches,could barely walk up n down a flight of stairs,my teeth started to deteriorate(breaking off at the gum line..I had went to several specialists and they told me that this had nothing to do with thyroid disease..On the contrary I believe it did ..I have always had beautiful teeth and always took care of them going to the dentist every 6 mnths since i can remember as a child...P.S. I am 37 yrs old after 2 yrs and spending 15,000$$ on trying to save my teeth(due to a vasnity issue I couldnt bare the fact of taking my teeth in and out at night at 35)I am 37 and now have full dentures...There is nothing proven that thyroid deteriorates your teeth but what else could it be.....

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