Is There A Link Between Eating Gluten and Tooth Decay
Gluten can lead to a whole cascade of digestive problems that can then go on to wreak havoc throughout the body. Digestive issues create inflammation, toxicity and poor mineral and vitamin absorption which not only impact on your health but have implications for dental disease and tooth decay.
Gluten Intolerance and Dental Defects
Dental defects are common in children who cannot tolerate gluten and therefore dental problems may be a symptom of gluten intolerance or coeliac disease. People with gluten intolerance are more prone to tooth decay but may also have enamel defects such as white, yellow, or brown spots on the teeth, mottled or translucent teeth and or pitting or banding of the teeth. Unfortunately, most dentists associate these problems with excess fluoride, antibiotic exposure or early childhood illnesses thus missing the opportunity to alert parents to possible gluten intolerance.
Research has shown gluten causes the body to produce an immune reaction against one of the main proteins, amelogenin, responsible for producing enamel on the teeth. Without enamel proteins, the teeth can not and do not form correctly which leads to the formation of the enamel defects so often seen in gluten intolerant individuals.
For many children (and adults with gluten issues), switching to a gluten-free diet significantly contributes to a reduction in decay and improvements in dental health.
The damage to the small intestines results in an inability to absorb nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, iron and B-12. Without these nutrients, damage occurs throughout the body including the bones and teeth. Ultimately, when the body cannot absorb and distribute nutrients, such as calcium, teeth do not form properly and can be weak, small, widely spaced, and or discoloured
Mouth signs of coeliacs and gluten intolerance:
Tooth decay and other dental problems occur far more frequently among gluten-intolerant people than among those in the general population.
Gluten-intolerant individuals who continue to eat gluten frequently suffer from bone-related issues, including bone porosity, bone loss, and dental problems such as loss or thinning of tooth enamel, bone loss from around the teeth, abscesses and dental decay.
A gluten-free diet will allow your body to repair itself. While your tooth enamel cannot be replaced, your bones and the dentine in your teeth can become denser, reducing your risk for tooth decay and dental infections.
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