Studies link celiac disease to dental damage

Data show many people with celiac disease have tooth enamel defects or other structural problems with their teeth. Researchers say the problems could be caused by autoimmune responses sparked by celiac disease or nutrient malabsorption that interferes with the development of healthy enamel. Experts said early diagnosis is important, especially in children whose teeth are still developing. Conversely, dental issues could serve as an early warning that the patient should be evaluated for celiac disease.

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