Sensitivity to gluten is almost always equated to the gastrointestinal issues it causes. While more and more research is indicating mood and other cognitive problems associated with the protein, tummy troubles seem to be one of the only physical ailments. But if your gluten intolerance is anything like mine, you know that dental problems are also associated with undiagnosed issues with gluten.
Dentists can now be added to the list of doctors recognizing gluten sensitivity, as dental enamel defects are among the symptoms of gluten intolerance. Although not all problems with dental enamel signal Celiac’s disease, it is fairly common (especially among children). According to the National Institutes of Health, dental enamel defects could even be the only presenting symptom of the disease.
According to NIH’s Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign’s website, the dental enamel problems related to celiac’s disease include tooth discoloration and poor enamel formation, often appearing on the incisors and molars. These dental problems are most often seen in children suffering from gluten intolerance, as enamel is in the critical formative stages during those younger years. Unfortunately, the dental issues are irreversible after the damage has been done. Dentists can, however, use bonding, veneers, and other cosmetic treatments to improve the look of damaged teeth.
Other manifestations of gluten problems in the mouth include canker sores, red tongue, and dry mouth syndrome.
All of these symptoms can be avoided with the elimination of gluten from your diet. As with other physical ailments associated with gluten-containing foods, once your body is free of the protein it can function much more normally, which will surely keep you smiling!