Celiac Disease and Oral Health
You have read about it in every health magazine and might have discussed it with your doctor too. Gluten-free diets have exploded in popularity across the country with many people boasting relief from GI issues and fatigue. But is there more you need to know before you jump on the speeding train? Is it as helpful as it is made out to be or is this yet another health hype that will soon die down? And will it have a positive or negative effect on your oral health? Read on to learn more on how the health of your teeth is connected to going gluten free. What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein, not harmful for those who can tolerate it, but certainly bad for those who cannot. The problem with gluten is that the human body is incapable of completely breaking it down, and this is where the problem begins. Your dentist, tooth health and Celiac diseaseCeliac disease is a direct indicator of your body’s intolerance towards gluten. There are several serious health implications that this disease brings about and your teeth are among those affected. The human body develops unique ways of informing us of trouble. Sensitivity to gluten surfaces in varied forms, and studies have confirmed that the health of your teeth can sometimes tell your body’s story. Tooth enamel is 96% mineral content, and Celiac disease rids the body of its ability to absorb essential nutrients, thus directly affecting the health of your teeth. Proteins that are directly responsible for the health of tooth enamel begin acting up, thus indicating something is wrong. A dentist is therefore sometimes the first person to let patients know that the sudden decay of teeth may not entirely be due to oral reasons. Indicators for Celiac disease often begin in your mouth, and a visit to the gastroenterologist is often a good idea if your dentist suggests you may have this disease. Is a gluten-free diet the only answer? Only those diagnosed with Celiac disease are at a serious risk. Others can simply avoid it if they choose to. If there are sufficient symptoms indicating that the health of your teeth as well as your body may be dependent on your ability to cut down on gluten rich food, get going on that gluten-free diet!