The oral manifestations of celiac disease: information for the pediatric dentist

Pediatr Dent. Nov-Dec 2012;34(7):485-8.


Purpose: The purpose of this article was to present a literature review of oral manifestations reported by celiac disease patients.

Methods: A review of the published literature for oral manifestations present in celiac disease patients was conducted from the following databases: PubMed(®); MEDLINE; Web of Science; Science Direct; and Scielo.

Results: According to some literature studies, prevalence of enamel defects and recurrent aphthous stomatitis was observed in approximately 10% to 96% and 4% to 41% of 2- to 86-year-old celiac patients, respectively.

Conclusion: The presence of these clinical features in children may signal the need for early investigation of possible celiac disease, especially in asymptomatic cases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Celiac Disease / complications*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Enamel / abnormalities
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Mouth Diseases / etiology*
  • Oral Ulcer / etiology
  • Pediatric Dentistry*
  • Stomatitis, Aphthous / etiology
  • Tooth Diseases / etiology*