People who suffer from the condition known as celiac disease have trouble processing gluten through their digestive system.  Gluten is a protein typically found in wheat and oat products.  It is used in bakery products to make dough rise and give bread its texture.

Celiac disease is hard to pinpoint and is often first diagnosed during a dental examination.  Evidence of the disease may appear as cracks in the enamel of the teeth or an overall discoloration.

The disease can occur in children as well as adults and seems to affect more women than men and people of the Caucasian race in particular.  Symptoms are more severe for children who must deal with the intolerance.  They may experience vomiting, and ongoing bouts of diarrhea which when combined can lead to weight loss.  When the disease strikes at a young age it can ultimately result in damage to the permanent teeth.

Adults may begin to feel anxious for no apparent reason along with the physical symptoms of anemia, arthritis or osteoporosis.  They will also become more prone to developing canker sores in the mouth.  Pregnant women are at higher risk for miscarriage or infertility.

Celiac disease may or may not be genetic, the jury is still out as far as that goes.  Research has shown however, that people who suffer from some other conditions such as down syndrome or type 1 diabetes are seen to be less able to tolerate gluten.

The only way to relieve the symptoms of celiac disease is to completely remove gluten from your diet.  Fortunately the rampancy of the intolerance has come to the forefront lately so that technology has developed adequate substitutions for the gluten contained in the foods that we like to eat.

Spokane Valley Dentistry is a family practice catering to all ages.  Dr. Conway is also proficient in the cosmetic procedures that can enhance a smile and inspire self confidence.  Call the office @ 509-926-6261 for a personal consultation.