Bozart Family Dentistry Tip of the Week: How Gluten and Celiac Disease can Affect your Oral Health?

By / Health and Wellness / Tuesday, 03 February 2015 05:00

Have you recently decided to go Gluten free due to having Celiac Disease or a Gluten sensitivity? You're not alone.. Millions of people in the US have now been diagnosed with either Celiac Disease or Gluten sensitivity and are a part of the ever growing number of people who have gone "Gluten free" over the past few years especially. But how does Gluten potentially affect your oral health?
What is Gluten and Celiac Disease?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, rye and barley, that when coupled with having Gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease can affect the small intestine's ability to digest certain nutrients thus leading to malnutrition.
How Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease Affects your Dental Health
If you have Celiac Disease or a Gluten sensitivity, your oral health can be effected in many ways. Here are some of the more common ways:
• Greater potential for inflammation of the gums and gum disease
• Bad breath
• Canker sores
• Damage to teeth enamel and even tooth shape abnormalities in severe cases
• Discoloration of the teeth, specifically with yellow or brown spots
Due to these warning signs that show up so clearly in your mouth and teeth, sometimes a regular dental check up can be your first step towards the diagnosis of a condition like this. So for the sake of your overall health and oral health, be sure to religiously go to your bi-annual dental check ups.
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