Dental Enamel Defects and Celiac Disease
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“Celiac disease manifestations can extend beyond the classic gastrointestinal problems, affecting any organ or body system. One manifestation—dental enamel defects—can help dentists and other health care providers identify people who may have celiac disease and refer them to a gastroenterologist. For some people with celiac disease, a dental visit, rather than a trip to the gastroenterologist, was the first step toward discovering their condition.”
See full article on celiac.nih.gov
As stated in the article, tooth defects resulting from celiac disease are permanent and do not improve after adopting a gluten-free diet—the primary treatment for celiac disease. However, dentists may use bonding, veneers, and other cosmetic solutions to cover dental enamel defects in older children and adults.
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