Did You Know You Could Get a Celiac Diagnosis from Your Teeth?
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Kelly Hong
Celiac disease occurs when your small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten so it's unable to digest any food containing gluten. This makes finding the right foods to eat challenging, but it also has an impact on your oral health in many ways.
Effects on Your Enamel
When you have a child who gets diagnosed with celiac disease before they turn 7-years-old, the enamel formation on all their teeth (both baby and permanent) will be disrupted. This will result in defects in their dental enamel. Once your child becomes an adult, there are some cosmetic dental procedures they can undergo to improve how these teeth look.
Delayed Dental Development
When your child isn't diagnosed with celiac disease, but they do have it nonetheless, they'll lose their baby teeth slower. In turn, this will cause their permanent teeth to erupt later than they're supposed to. This is one way we will know that there's a health issue that you should bring to the attention of your child's pediatrician.
Celiac patients often have frequent, severe outbreaks of canker sores. These are small, shallow lesions that typically appear at the base of your gums. The only way to truly control them is to strictly adhere to your gluten-free diet.
Soft Tissue Issues
You may also experience a dry or burning sensation with your tongue. This is because your body isn't properly absorbing iron, folate, and vitamin B-12. For this reason, you also run a higher risk of developing cancer in your mouth or GI tract.
When you have celiac disease it's especially important to make sure you're maintaining your routine office visits with us so we can stay on top of these issues for you. If you don't already have an appointment scheduled for a checkup and cleaning, make sure you pick up your phone and give our office a call so we can get you scheduled today.