Although the main focus of Crohn's disease surrounds the digestive system, it can affect the rest of the body in unexpected ways. Recently, I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning and was told a few teeth had problems. This did not surprise me. I make a point of practicing good oral hygiene; I brush and floss daily. But for years I have had problems with brittle teeth and cavities. I’ve even had a few teeth break! This isn’t news I’d normally be eager to share, but I have met numerous people with Crohn’s who had similar problems and felt ashamed and alone. There are many ways that Crohn’s can affect our oral health. Our lifestyles, diets, and medications play a part. Plus, our intestines don't always absorb the nutrients and minerals needed for good overall health.