Ah, the life of a celiac. Bread is your worst enemy and most coveted desire. Going “gluten-free” isn’t a fad for you — it’s your life.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes a permanent intolerance of gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). People with celiac disease aren’t able to properly digest gluten. Eating gluten damages their intestines, making it hard for them to absorb key nutrients such as calcium and iron. Fortunately, eating a gluten-free diet helps reverse and prevent damage.
But celiac disease affects more than just your intestines and food choices. It affects your smile, too.
The oral manifestations of celiac disease can include tooth discoloration, weak enamel and frequent canker sores. Oral health issues are nearly twice as common among adults and kids living with the disease.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent oral health problems and keep your smile healthy.
Try these 3 tips to get your gluten-free grin on:
1. Be a smart smarter eater.
It’s easy to stick to your gluten-free diet, especially when you know the agonizing stomach pains that come after contamination. Fortunately, there are plenty of smile-friendly, gluten-free foods out there for you to enjoy. Fresh fruits and veggies are full of nutritious goodness. Dairy products are also gluten-free and packed full of tooth-healthy calcium. Try a nice piece of cheese with a slice of pear on a gluten-free cracker for a drool-worthy snack. As always, read the cheese label carefully to ensure it’s not processed in a facility with gluten.
2. Use the right products.
Just because a product isn’t food doesn’t mean it’s gluten-free. Read labels carefully. Some dental products contain gluten. And even though you spit out most of them, it’s easy for traces of toothpaste or mouthwash to remain in your mouth. Consult this list of 100% gluten-free personal products.
3. Tell your dentist.
It’s crucial for many reasons. The guidelines for dentists were published in 2011. Your dentist can work with you to keep your smile healthy and correct any existing damage.