Over the past few years I’ve noticed that I seem to be losing some of the enamel from my teeth. I’m not sure when this began but it makes me sad because I spend a lot of time and effort caring for my teeth and it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
As usual my first thought is ‘Is enamel loss related to celiac disease?’ Some days it feels as though almost anything could be. If you’re celiac I’m sure you have similar feelings. In searching for a link I came across a bunch of interesting articles linking celiac disease with tooth enamel loss. This articleÂ discusses how enamel problems may be an indicator of celiac disease and how “tooth enamel damage can be fairly common in patients with celiac disease.” This article from the National Institute of Health also discusses a link between dental enamel defects and celiac disease.Â This both gives me hope that enamel issues may be in my genes and therefore I’m not doing anything wrong but at the same time also makes me a little sad because I may not be able to fix this problem for the same reasons.
I never drink pop, I rarely drink fruit juice, I drink a couple f cups of tea a day. I eat candy and chocolate sometimes but who doesn’t? Are the enamel issues I’m having related to me being celiac or is it just bad luck?
Are you a celiac with tooth enamel problems? Any tips for me? I’m never going to pass for a shiny white toothed American at this rate! 🙂
UPDATE: Since removing anything from my diet that I’m not 100% certain is safe from cross contamination, I’ve been feeling better than ever. Interestingly as well as any lingering symptoms disappearing I feel as though my teeth are looking a LITTLE better. Don’t get me wrong, some of the enamel is still gone and I’m not sure if it will ever come back but I feel like my smile looks a wee bit better than it did a few months ago. I’m still not proud of my smile though, especially living in California where it feels like everyone has perfect teeth but me..