More fun! I get to experience yet another issue with long term prednisone usage!
It's a great medication, it's supposed to help with so many different things, but sometimes I have to wonder if it's truly worth it!
I was out grocery shopping yesterday, something I haven't done as much as I should. I tend to let Rob take care of the groceries, especially if I'm having a bad day. While we were out I was feeling the typical low blood sugar issues so picked up a chocolate bar to split with Rachel. Just a simple bar, no nuts, nougat, not sticky, just the typical soft bar similar to a Mars or 3 Musketeers. Take a bite and I started thinking right away that somehow nuts had gotten into the bar during manufacture. Nope, turns out it's a chunk out of one of my molars. I think that puts the count up to about 3 teeth now starting to crumble and break.
I did some searching and apparently it is a common issue among long term prednisone users. Prednisone causes calcium absorption issues and the teeth need calcium to maintain health. There are a number of other drugs that can cause dental issues. A short list (not inclusive) of those can be found at Medication and Dental Issues.
The fun part for me, ever since I was little, I have had an innate fear of the dentist! I had a bad experience once, and that was it for me. I brush regularly, I go to the dentist when it is absolutely necessary..aka pain to the point of intolerance, but if I can avoid that trip I will ... every time!
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