How Celiac Disease Affects Your Teeth
Having celiac disease creates gluten intolerance. Whenever someone with celiac disease eats food with gluten in it, their body attacks their small intestine, which makes it difficult for it to absorb nutrition.
CELIAC DISEASE AND ORAL HEALTH
People with celiac disease can have teeth that appear dark yellow or brownish in color. They can also present with mottled teeth, or teeth that have a flat, white undertone but feature yellow or brown spots on the external surface.
Because celiac disease can wear down the surface of your teeth, it can increase your risk of dental problems, like cavities.
Many children with celiac disease have delayed dental development. They also tend to have more cavities than kids who don’t have the condition.
Left untreated, people with celiac disease can experience tooth decay and a higher risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, and esophageal cancer.
What can be done?
Talk with your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of celiac disease, such as:
- Weight loss
- Foul-smelling stool
- Nausea and vomiting
You’ll likely notice that your symptoms are worse after eating foods with gluten, such as breads, pastries, and beers or ales that contain barley.
After you switch to a gluten-free diet, you can start addressing any damage celiac disease has caused to your teeth. Our dentists can offer enamel defect treatments like bonding or veneers. Additionally, we may recommend fluoride treatments to help strengthen your enamel.
Can you cure celiac disease?
Reach out to us today at Soothing Dental to learn more about our services in Sunnyvale and San Francisco.