Celiac Disease and Your Child’s Dental Health
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Celiac Disease and Your Child’s Dental Health

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Baby eating breadCeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes an intolerance to gluten. If a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, their bodies aren’t able to properly absorb the gluten, which will eventually damage the small intestine. While most of the symptoms of celiac disease are found in the gastrointestinal tract, there are a few surprising symptoms that can occur in the dental health as well.

Your Child’s Oral Health & Celiac Disease

Around 80-85% of celiac disease sufferers have experienced damage to the tooth enamel. This is because the same immune response that damages the small intestines will block the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D, which is an important part of strong, healthy tooth enamel. When the enamel begins to wear away, your child will become more vulnerable to tooth decay and dental cavities.

Consuming gluten can also cause the following dental problems in those with celiac disease:

  • Canker sores
  • Excess mucus
  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Pitting of the teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

For oral health as well as overall health, it is important for people with a gluten intolerance to avoid consuming foods containing gluten. Additionally, those with celiac disease should be even more vigilant about their dental health as well.

If your child has a gluten sensitivity or has been exhibiting the above oral celiac disease symptoms, please make an appointment here at Camp Little Tooth as quickly as possible. Our child’s dental office is located here in beautiful Lafayette, Colorado.

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