Damage to teeth is very common in celiac disease patients who have not gone gluten free. It may be the most common symptom in patients who are “symptom free.”
Like headaches and some mild digestive issues, tooth damage is probably one of the common signs of celiac that is usually ignored. Dentists are largely ignorant with regards to this issue and as a result are unable to tell patients more than “you have bad teeth.” The damage is not reversed by going gluten free so it is important to diagnose celiac disease early.
People who have bad looking teeth and dental enamel defects should be considering gluten intolerance and celiac disease. I have it too, and no dentist ever had a clue. They just wanted to sell me things to whiten my teeth.
Excerpt from TheGlobeandMail.com:
Nevertheless, dental problems are common in people with celiac disease, studies have shown. But “if you talk to most dentists, they would not know this connection,” said Dr. Mohsin Rashid, a gastroenterologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
Awareness of the link is crucial, since in some patients, tooth enamel defects and recurrent canker sores are the only manifestations of celiac disease, Rashid said. If a dentist notices abnormalities in tooth enamel in a routine check-up, “this is a relatively easy way of suspecting or identifying this condition,” he explained.
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