2010-04-13 20:23:29 UTC

Celiac Disease Is Associated with Dental Enamel Defects

April 13, 2010

European studies have demonstrated that dental enamel defects and oral aphthae are observed in celiac disease. Data published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology supports that celiac disease is highly associated with dental enamel defects in childhood, most likely because of the onset of celiac disease during enamel formation. No such association was found in adults. This study also supports the association between celiac disease and aphthous ulcer. All physicians should examine the mouth, including the teeth, which may provide an opportunity to diagnose celiac disease. In addition, celiac disease should be added to the differential diagnosis of dental enamel defects and aphthous ulcers.

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