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Dentists can be First to Spot Signs of Celiac Disease

By Caroline Jacobson on September 20, 2016 in Dental Health

Celiac disease can harm your dental health. Learn how to prevent and treat such ailments.

As a direct indicator of your body's intolerance towards gluten, celiac disease has received a lot of attention over the past couple of years.

Despite growing attention, only about 1% of the population has celiac disease, but more than 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. No matter the cause for attention, there are several serious health implications of celiac disease.

The human body develops unique ways of informing us of trouble. The health of your teeth can sometimes tell your body's story. A dentist may be the first person to notice decay in their patient's teeth and help identify if it is due to poor oral hygiene habits or another factor.

Indicators for celiac disease begin in your mouth.

Because tooth enamel is 96% mineral content, those with celiac disease have a difficult time absorbing essential nutrients, thus directly affecting the health of your teeth. In addition, those diagnosed with celiac disease are at greater risk for cavities.

If you have celiac disease, make sure to let your dentist know of any changes in health, and check out these three teeth tips to help keep your mouth healthy.