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Your Oral Health and Celiac Disease

Woman eating a burgerCeliac disease is a medical disorder that causes an intolerance to gluten. While cutting gluten out of the diet has become quite trendy lately, there are sufferers of celiac disease who cannot properly absorb gluten, leading to damage of the small intestine. While most symptoms of celiac disease are seen in the gastrointestinal tract, there are a few oral health symptoms as well.

Celiac Disease and Oral Health Issues

In a study done by the European Journal of Internal Medicine, up to 85% of those with celiac disease will suffer from tooth enamel damage. This could be because the same immune response that causes damage to the small intestine also blocks vitamin D absorption which is needed to maintain strong teeth and bones.

Because strong enamel is needed to protect the teeth from problems like dental cavities and tooth decay, consuming gluten when suffering from celiac disease can cause the following dental issues:

  • Recurring canker sores
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Excessive mucus production
  • Pitting of the teeth
  • Abnormal or misshapen teeth

Many of the above dental problems are not reversible. This is just one of the many reasons why those with celiac disease should avoid gluten. In addition, celiac sufferers should also be practicing good at-home oral hygiene (brushing twice a day and flossing daily) and visiting Balota Family Dentistry every six months for a dental cleaning and an exam.

If you believe you’re suffering from a gluten sensitivity or if you have any of the above oral symptoms, please make an appointment with Dr. Nora Balota here at Balota Family Dentistry. Our office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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