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Does Gluten affect your Oral Health…. ?

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What is Gluten Intolerance?

People with celiac disease will be unable to digest and process gluten properly which is called gluten intolerance. Gluten refers to a protein that is found in grains and wheat. Some people suffering from Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, eating gluten tends to affect the lining of the small intestine. It also prevents the body from absorbing nutrients.

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How does gluten affect your teeth?

When gluten intolerant or celiacs consume gluten, their body’s immune system tends to react against one of the main proteins which are responsible for the production of enamel. Due to the poor quality of the enamel or lack of enamel will leave a person this disease more prone to the problem of cavities. They might also experience excessive wear and tear of their tooth which will eventually lead to the loss or premature destruction of teeth. Despite practicing good oral hygiene they will tend to face many tooth related problems.

What are the effects of Gluten on your oral health?

According to studies people with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, can have surprising effects on their oral health. Gluten may cause the following problems to your oral health

  • Poor enamel formation, banding, pitting and mottled teeth

  • Formation of translucent teeth

  • Loss of bone in the mouth particularly in the lower jaw

  • Thinning or loss of tooth enamel

  • Root problems like abscesses

  • Tooth Decay

  • Fracture, loose, broken or Missing teeth

  • Tooth enamel damage

  • Discoloration of Teeth in the form of yellow or brown spots

  • Metallic taste and bad breath in the mouth

  • Inflammatory gum disease

  • Geographic tongue wherein the surface of the tongue will look like a topographical map

  • Tonsil stones or exudates which are white lumps of puss that gets embedded in the tonsils

  • Pharyngeal Erythema or chronic severe redness in the back of the throat

  • Excess mucus production (a person has to keep clearing their throat)

  • Formation of a small cyst on the frenum which is a flap of skin that connects the top lip to the gums

  • Periodontal or Gum disease

  • Canker sore

What are the Effects of Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity on the Body

Approximately 90 percent of all people with celiac disease will have tooth enamel defects. If gluten intolerant people continue consuming gluten they will experience lot of bone related issues like:

  • Osteopenia or porosity of the bones

  • osteoporosis
  • Loss of bone throughout the body

  • This disease is considered to be an autoimmune disease which not only shortens the lifespan of those affected, but it also increases the risk of developing other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis. Dentists believe that celiac disease can also increase the incidence of cancer.

    The dentists at Oswal Dental Clinic are considered to be one of the best dentists believe that tooth enamel defects in particular are considered to be an indicator that a person is gluten intolerant and has celiac disease. In fact this occurrence can also be witnessed in children. It is necessary to explore the problem to prevent any further damage. The dentist will conduct an oral examination and will suggest maintaining a gluten free diet. Regular visit to the dentist will ensure improvement in bone density and also in the quality of dentin leading to strong and healthier teeth and oral health.

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    Dr. Nitin Oswal

    Dr Nitin Oswal completed his B.D.S from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune in 2003 & M.D.S in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery from Dr Dy Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune ( Pune University) in 2008. He has a practice restricted to Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and is a consultant at Sahyadri hospital , Inamdar hospital & Ranka hospital.

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Dr Nitin Oswal completed his B.D.S from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune in 2003 & M.D.S in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery from Dr Dy Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune ( Pune University) in 2008. He has a practice restricted to Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and is a consultant at Sahyadri hospital , Inamdar hospital & Ranka hospital.
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