Did you know that Celiac disease can affect the enamel on your teeth? As a matter of fact, there are some folks out there who first heard that they might have Celiac disease from their dentist!
If you think about it, it really makes a lot of sense. When someone has Celiac disease, their damaged villi are unable to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. If you are not getting enough nutrients, body parts cannot develop properly. Therefore the teeth will suffer.
I know mine did. I was one of those kids who, no matter how well I looked after my teeth, I had lots of cavities. I also have discolouration.
Not all enamel defects are caused by Celiac but it is very common among those of us who have the condition.
Enamel problems that stem from Celiac disease can include
~discolouration. (White, yellow or brown spots)
~mottled or translucent-looking teeth
~pitting or banding.
These issues are usually symmetrical and most often appear on the incisors and molars.
In severe cases, the dentist will use bonding, veneers and other cosmetic procedures to cover the defects.
Aside from the teeth, there are other oral complications from this disease such as canker sores, atrophic glossitis (red, smooth, shiny tongue), dry mouth syndrome, and squamous cell carcinoma (a type of cancer) of the pharynx (the area between your mouth and your nasal passages) and mouth.
Think your kids might have Celiac? Get them checked as soon as possible.
It might not be too late for their teeth.