Many people with celiac disease do not present with the classic intestinal problems. Consequently, delays in diagnosis are common increasing the risk of serious complications. But the disorder often has oral manifestations that can warn your dentist in Aldridge you could be sensitive to gluten.
Here are several ways this autoimmune problem can affect oral health.
Oral manifestations of celiac disease in kids
1. Delay in teeth eruption. Although children develop teeth at different ages, you should talk to your doctor if your child has not developed any teeth by nine months of age. The delayed eruption may be normal, or there could be underlying problems.
2. Angular Cheilitis/angular stomatitis. This condition causes red, inflamed patches in one or both corners of the mouth where the lips meet.
3. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis or canker sores. A kid with celiac disease may have small, shallow, crater-shaped lesions that develop on the tongue, inside the lip or cheek.
4. Reduction of salivary flow. The child’s salivary glands may be unable to produce enough saliva leading to dry mouth.
5. Dental enamel defects. Dental enamel problems associated with celiac disease include tooth discolouration (white, brown or yellow spots on teeth), poor enamel formation, translucent-looking teeth, and pitting of teeth.
Oral manifestations of celiac disease in adults
1. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis. These ulcers or lesions recur inside the oral cavity.
2. Atrophic glossitis. The tongue loses its pink colour and bumpy texture. The tongue appears red, smooth and shiny.
3. Dry mouth syndrome. Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands in the mouth fail to produce enough saliva leading to a sticky, dry feeling in your mouth.
Dentists can play a crucial role in identifying persons who may have unrecognised or undiagnosed celiac disease. Regular visits to your Aldridge dentist can then lead to a timely diagnosis that can help avert serious complications of this autoimmune problem.