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Gut Reaction: How Gluten Sensitivity could be affecting Your Dental Health

Aug 9

Written by: Dr. Bryan Sigg
8/9/2016 11:03 AM  RssIcon

Gluten sensitivity has become a major challenge for adults and kids alike, and the issue has received a lot of attention over the past few years. According to the Celiac Disease Association about one percent of people have Celiac Disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Though gluten-free recipes are all the rage, what’s talked about less is the impact gluten on your dental health for those with Celiac Disease. Let me explain:

When a person with the disease consumes gluten, their immune system mistakenly identifies the protein as malicious and attacks it. The attack occurs in the membranes that line the digestive system, which in the process destroys cilia, tiny hair-like structures that aid in food absorption. This disrupts the body’s normal absorption of nutrients, which can lead to a number of systemic conditions. Here’s the part that I’m concerned about: Because of the lack of nutrients, the teeth’s enamel may develop defects like dull spots or pitting, or chalky grooves in their normally shiny surface. It’s a sign that surface enamel crystals have been lost, and an indicator of increased susceptibility to outbreaks of canker sores.

Fortunately, we’re all becoming better educated about gluten sensitivity. More and more food manufacturers are clearly labeling products containing gluten and restaurants are providing gluten-free menu options, so going without gluten has become easier than it ever was. And once dietary controls are in place, most dental issues can be treated normally. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gluten & Dental Problems.”

At Cornerstone Family Dentistry, we keep up-to-date on the latest advances in research and the newest technologies to be sure we can accommodate each of our patients’ unique needs. We’re a caring and concerned group who listens to how you feel during procedures and caters our approach to every patient. If you would like more information on the gluten’s effect on dental health, or simply want to learn more about our practice, please reach out to us by calling (815) 741-1700 for a consultation. We’re easy to talk to and strive to make our office a comfortable, relaxing environment. And we don’t keep our patients waiting. We do our very best to keep to our schedules so you can keep to yours!

My team and I look forward to meeting you.

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