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How Celiac Disease Affects Oral Health

Celiac disease could affect more than your digestive system

oral health problems, edmontonIf you suffer from celiac disease, it can cause a host of problems with your digestive system. Celiac disease is considered to be an autoimmune disease that is caused by a damage or irritation in the lining of the small intestine. This problem stems from being gluten intolerant and can cause a host of gastrointestinal issues that are extremely unpleasant.

Vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and gas are common effects of celiac disease. Weight loss and chronic fatigue are common as well, all due to an intolerance to the proteins that are found in numerous grains, such as rye, wheat, and barley. While digestive issues are bad enough, celiac disease can also have adverse affects on your oral health.

Take a good look at your mouth if you are gluten intolerant

In addition to affecting your overall well-being, celiac disease could be having an impact on your mouth.

  1. Your enamel could be grooved, pitted, or completely worn away, making it much more difficult to protect your teeth. The extent of the damage usually depends on when the disease is properly diagnosed in order to implement a gluten free diet. Researchers suspect this could be due to the impact of autoimmune responses on tooth development or that malabsorption of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D may have prevented you  from building healthy tooth enamel.
  2. Delayed eruption is another problem that often stems from gluten intolerance. In addition to seeing visible defects in the enamel of young children, their teeth may take much longer to erupt. If you are an adult and experienced this problem, celiac disease could have been to blame.
  3. Aphthous ulcers are another painful effect of celiac disease. These recurring sores inside the mouth, also known as canker sores, are extremely painful.

What to do about celiac disease and oral health issues

Proper diagnosis of celiac disease is key. From that point, changes in diet can be made to eliminate gluten and all of its complications. It is also important to have good oral hygiene in order to preserve your teeth and take care of your mouth. Through careful habits in eating and oral health, you can avoid many of the unpleasant symptoms of celiac disease.

How dentists can help in the battle against celiac disease

By being able to recognize the signs of celiac disease that can be exhibited in a patient’s mouth, your dentist can play a key role in early diagnosis. Referring concerns to a physician can make it possible to help individuals to manage the illness. Through a team approach to a patient’s physical health, it is possible to take better care of oral health as well.

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