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Celiac Disease and Your Oral Health

Wheat breadCeliac disease is the autoimmune disorder that causes the body to have an intolerance to gluten. If those who suffer from celiac disease consume foods that contain gluten, their bodies will be unable to absorb the gluten, which can cause damage to the small intestine. While most symptoms of celiac disease occur in the GI tract, there are a few symptoms that will show up in your mouth as well.

Oral Health and Celiac Disease

Around 85% of people who suffer from celiac disease also have damage to their tooth enamel, according to a study done by the European Journal of Internal Medicine. This is due to the same immune response that damages the small intestine and also blocks the absorption of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important part of building strong teeth and bones. As the tooth enamel begins to wear away, the teeth are vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay.

Consuming gluten can also cause the following issues for those suffering from celiac disease:

  • Canker sores
  • Abnormal or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that appear pitted
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Excessive mucus production

Because some of these problems are irreversible, it’s important for celiac disease sufferers to avoid eating gluten and to visit the dentist regularly for a checkup and a dental cleaning. Additionally, you should be practicing good at-home oral hygiene including brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash.

If you have concerns about your gum health or your dental implants, please contact Littleton Implants and Periodontics located here in Littleton, Colorado.

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