Precautions in the Dental Office for Celiac People

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These Dental Defects May Be Related to Celiac Disease

The following common dental defects may appear and have also a strong relationship with people suffering from Celiac Disease. (They, of course, appear for a number of other causes)

  • poor enamel
  • discolored teeth
  • badly shaped teeth
  • canker sores
  • delayed tooth eruption.

If you’ve been diagnosed with CD and you hear your dentist name one or more of the above symptoms, you should tell him/her about your disease.  It’s been established a connection between CD and those symptoms, even though the causes are not clear yet.

Recommendations for patients who suffer from CD:

  • Having these kinds of defects puts you in a place of having higher risk for cavities. A high fluoride prescription gluten-free toothpaste could protect you more.
  • If you suffer from chronic apthous ulcers, ask your dentist for a prescription that can relieve the pain and potentially shorten the duration.
  • Ask your dentist to look for any clinical or radiographic enamel defects.

Take These Precautions Regarding Dental Care Products and Materials

Once in the dental office be careful with the following, as gluten may be found in:

  •  Topical anesthesia, that looks like jelly, is used to numb the gum tissue, prior to applying local anesthesia.
  • Topical fluoride is used on kids as well as certain adults to strengthen teeth and to reduce the likelihood of dental decay. Certain formulations contain gluten.
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash. Most of Tom’s of Maine are gluten-free
  • Prophy paste is used by hygienists to polish your teeth close to the end of the cleaning procedures.
  • Polishing paste is used in white filings or in cosmetic procedures such as bonding. Alternatively they can polish your teeth with a light pumice.
  • The gloves may contain a white powder that has gluten.
  • Dental cement may also contain gluten. Composite Filling is the white material that goes into filling, here too, there are brands that contain gluten. Be also careful with BPA-containing materials.

Tell your dentist that you have celiac disease, and that you want him or her to use gluten-free products.

According to Harry Denton, an oral surgeon, you should consider the following:

Depending on the severity of your dental problems, you are probably interested in some form of dental treatment to cover up the condition of your teeth. Poor enamel, discolored teeth and badly shaped teeth can be treated with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental veneers, bonding and crowns. Remember, however, to tell your dentist to only use gluten-free products and dental equipment.

The dentist will need to remove some of your enamel in order to prepare your teeth for these types of procedures. Since your enamel may already be damaged extensively, you may want to consider the least invasive treatment option possible.

Equally important, you will want to avoid gluten immediately after your procedure to allow your teeth and mouth to heal. Follow a strict gluten-free diet and only consume foods and drinks that you know are safe. That way, you won’t have to worry about stomach acids affecting your recovery. Fortunately, most cosmetic dental procedures have relatively short recovery periods.”


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