Celiac disease (CD) is a serious autoimmune disorder that affects approximately one in 100 people worldwide. Ingestion of gluten—a mixture of proteins found in cereal grains, particularly wheat—causes damage to the small intestine of those with the disease. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to other autoimmune disorders. In addition, celiac disease has oral manifestations, including enamel defects, increased caries, aphthous ulcers, delayed dental development, and cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pharynx. Dental professionals need to be aware of the oral symptoms of this disease in order to make appropriate recommendations and possible referrals for diagnosis.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will achieve the following:
• Describe the systemic and oral effects of celiac disease
• Identify products that are safe in clinical and home use for celiac patients
• Become aware of possible new treatments for celiac disease
• Refer patients for diagnosis if celiac disease is suspected
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