February 4, 2017
Teeth and Celiac Disease
I have heard that celiac disease can affect your teeth and mouth. What are some of the oral symptoms of celiac disease?
There are a number of problems in the mouth that can be related to celiac disease. These can include:
*recurrent canker sores
*dry mouth or very little saliva
*a red, smooth, shiny tongue
*poor enamel formation
*tooth discoloration: white, brown, or yellow spots
*pitting or banding of teeth
Tooth defects are typically symmetrical and often appear on the molars and the incisors. The defects resulting from celiac disease are very similar to those caused by too much fluoride. When a dentist or parent notices these oral manifestations a referral to a gastroenterologist can be the first step in discovering celiac disease.