Celiac Disease and Your Dental Hygiene Visit

Author: Shannon Sutton, RDH

First, let’s learn a little about celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack the lining of your small intestine when exposed to gluten. Celiac disease is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed but is believed to be present in 1 of every 100 people worldwide. It causes damage to the lining of the small intestine which can eventually lead to the malabsorption of nutrients and a list of further problems including gastrointestinal problems, infertility, osteoporosis, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, neurological conditions and intestinal cancers.

But what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It can be found in numerous foods but is also used as a thickening or binding agent in many products. Gluten can also be found in many medications, cosmetics, skin lotions, hair products and even dental products. Those with celiac disease know how tedious it is checking labels of products to ensure they are not exposed to these inflammatory ingredients.

During a routine dental visit, your dental hygienist uses products such as polishing paste, dental floss, mouth rinses, and fluoride varnish. Some of the products on the market do contain gluten. We do our best to understand conditions such as celiac disease to avoid any unnecessary exposures. The products that we use at Spring Lake Dental Group for your dental hygiene appointment are all gluten free. Feel free to discuss any concerns at your next dental hygiene visit. We look forward to seeing you soon.