Sensitivity to gluten is one of those diseases which have caught the attention of the public until quite recently.
For many years it went under the radar since it was unusual to think that your daily bread could be causing you fatigue, depression or anxiety, osteoporosis, arthritis, joint pain, dermatitis and even miscarriages. Our modern diet practically has gluten in every processed food we consume and it is also present in vitamins, creams and even lip-balms.
Celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten which is found in wheat, rye and barley is a disease that affects the small intestine and interferes in the absorption of nutrients from food.
When people with celiac disease eat items containing gluten their body will react by sending antibodies to destroy the small finger-like protrusions that line the small intestine – the villi. The villi are in charge of absorbing all the nutrients from food and transport it through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. When villi in the stomach is damaged, no matter how much food you eat, you will not be able to absorb the nutrients.
Since celiac disease affects people in different ways many times it is difficult to diagnose, luckily if you think you might be gluten-intolerant you can ask your health care specialist for a blood test or even a intestinal biopsy.
But how is celiac disease related to your mouth?
If you think of it, the whole digestive system starts in your mouth and your mouth is always a good indicator of your overall health.
There are symptoms of celiac disease that are visible in your mouth including enamel defects, recurrent canker sores or ulcers inside the mouth, dry mouth syndrome, cancer in the pharynx and mouth and red shiny tongue. By understanding how this disease manifests in the mouth, dental care professionals can effectively refer the patient to a gastroenterologist before it is too late.
There is extensive research on how celiac disease can produce dental enamel problems including tooth discoloration, poor enamel formation, pitting of teeth and translucent-looking teeth.
These effects on teeth are irreversible even if the patient switches to a gluten-free diet. These patients can benefit from cosmetic dentistry solutions such as crowns and veneers.
By: Prisma Dental
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