Did you know that the effects of Coeliac may be noticed by your dentist first? In this article, we take a look at what Coeliac disease is and the symptoms that may present themselves to us while you are in the dental chair!
What Is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac Disease (also known as Celiac in some countries) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in the world today. Affecting both adults and children, Coeliac Disease is the result of irregular interactions between the body’s immune system and gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.
Despite being relatively common, the delayed diagnosis of Coeliac disease is still an issue. Typical symptoms of gluten intolerance include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and weight loss, however, the discomfort that Coeliac Disease causes may often extend beyond typical gastrointestinal issues.
Symptoms such as weakness, fertility issues, osteoporosis and a number of other conditions can all point towards a potential gluten intolerance and these issues should be addressed by your chosen health professional.
(That Your Dentist May Notice First)
Did you know that many of the symptoms of Coeliac disease may be noticed by your dentist?
Some of the symptoms that may present at dental appointment include –
- Enamel Defects
- Mouth Ulcers
- Dry Mouth
Enamel defects are the most common dental symptom, and this includes mottling of the teeth, pitting, or poor tooth formation during childhood.
However, not all enamel defects are caused by Coeliac disease, so discussing any of these symptoms with your dentist can help form a bigger picture and confirm any diagnosis.
Impacts of Coeliac Disease on Teeth
Coeliac Disease is common in young children, and early issues with tooth formation can lead to ongoing issues with dentition later on in life. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding the formation of your child’s teeth we encourage you to give us a call.
If your BOH dentist suspects you or a loved one may be suffering from Coeliac Disease, we may enquire about other clinical symptoms, associated disorders or a family history of Coeliac Disease, in order to identify if you will require a referral to a specialist, such as a Gastroenterologist.
BOH Dentists are trained in the diagnosis of enamel defects and with our focus on preventive care, we endeavour to treat the cause rather than just the symptoms of dental issues.
For more information about Coeliac Disease – http://www.coeliac.org.au/coeliac-disease/symptoms.html
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