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Tooth Damage May Be Linked to Celiac Disease

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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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We came across this article, which discusses fertility issues in women with celiac disease and wanted to share. 

Since the beginning of 2010, there have been 10 articles published about issues in fertility associated with celiac disease.

This particular study mentions that few gynecologists are aware of these issues.  Which simply confirms how important celiac disease is and especially how important it is for people with a wide variety of health problems to get screened for celiac.

Excerpt from MedPageToday.com:

Women with celiac disease had significantly more problems related to fertility and pregnancy than a control group of women who did not have the condition, investigators reported here.

Patients with celiac disease had increased difficulty conceiving compared with controls (41.2% versus 36.5%, P=0.03), as well as more consultations with fertility specialists and higher rates of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and cesarean section.

Women with celiac disease also tended to have a shorter duration of fertility, marked by later onset of menarche and younger age at menopause, Stephanie M. Moleski, MD, said at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting.

“On the basis of this retrospective analysis, we have concluded that there is a relationship between celiac disease, fertility, and pregnancy outcomes, suggesting a need for increased awareness of this association among patients and physicians,” said Moleski, of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.

Studies dating back more than 40 years have shown higher rates of menstrual abnormalities and pregnancy complications among women with celiac disease. However, inconsistency in the findings has led to continued investigation to determine the relationship between celiac disease and problems related to fertility and pregnancy.

Read the article in its entirety at medpagetoday.com
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