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Is Celiac Disease Affecting Your Oral Health?

Posted on 3/13/2016 by Zac Bird
A man suffering from celiac disease covering his mouth.Anywhere between 1% and 4% of the population in the U.S. is living with celiac disease. Celiac is an autoimmune condition that increases your risk of developing conditions like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis.

People with celiac disease aren't able to process and digest gluten properly, and the condition could actually lead to problems with the teeth.

In fact, it has been thought that about 90% of people who are living with celiac disease also have defects in the tooth enamel, and this could result in other dental health problems - celiac tends to have high incidences of tooth decay, broken teeth, and root problems.

How Could Gluten Effect Your Teeth

When people with celiac disease eat gluten, the immune system can react against one of the primary proteins that are responsible for producing enamel. This poor enamel quality or lack of enamel can leave a person who is living with celiac disease more prone to decay, cavities, and excessive tooth wear.

Premature tooth loss could also result.

Due to the effect on the enamel, people with celiac disease tend to experience tooth decay more often that people without celiac disease, even if they have good oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist regularly to look for tooth discoloration and poor formation of the enamel.

Oral Conditions with a Connection to Gluten Intolerance

In addition to enamel formation issues, researchers have found that a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten could lead to other conditions in your mouth, including:

•  Canker sores
•  Chronic bad breath
•  Tonsil stones
•  Geographic tongue
•  Gum disease

Researchers are only just beginning to understand how gluten intolerance could affect dental health, and more studies are needed. If you have celiac disease and are concerned about your dental health, be sure to contact our dental office to talk about your worries and how to keep your teeth safe.

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