Over the past ten years, our culture’s awareness of gluten in food products has skyrocketed. A gluten-free diet, once limited to individuals with celiac disease, is increasingly common for those that experience adverse reactions to the protein. Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found in wheat, barley and rye products. Common signs of gluten sensitivity include severe gastrointestinal issues, cramps, sore joints, headaches, and fatigue.
As of last year, we can add “oral health problems” to that list.
Gluten and Your Mouth
A research study published in April of 2012 revealed that gluten intake leads to an immune reaction against one of the principal proteins responsible for producing enamel on the teeth. This is bad news for teeth, as enamel protects teeth from everyday wear and tear as well as from decay.
Gluten intolerance has also had a link to:
- Canker sores
- Gum disease
- Tonsil stones
- Excessive mucus
- Chronic severe redness in the back of the throat
- Bad breath
- Metallic taste in the mouth
If you are not sure if your issues are gluten-related, talk with your primary physician or nutritionist to conclusively determine the source.
Ignoring your gluten intolerance can wreak havoc on your digestive system but also your smile. If you believe your teeth and gums have been damaged by gluten sensitivity, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today to schedule a dental appointment.