Gluten in Dental Retainers and Nightguards

Gluten free dentist office in greater New Haven, CT area for dental care for celiac disease patients

We can provide a gluten free dental visit!

As the first dentist office in Orange and one of the few in Connecticut publicly offering a gluten free dental experience, we stay on top of many of the issues facing individuals with either celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Gluten can sneak its way into your mouth from a variety of dental products – from topical fluoride to toothpaste to topical anesthesia. When this occurs in patients with celiac disease, it can cause serious side effects.

Gluten found in an Orthodontic Retainer

Colored Dental orthodontic retainer that may contain gluten

Does this contain gluten?

We recently learned of a case of a 9 year old female with celiac disease whose orthodontic retainer contained gluten. The complete details can be found in this paper published in a Pediatric Journal.

But to summarize, this young female was diagnosed with celiac disease through multiple tests. But despite the elimination of all dietary sources of this wheat protein, her disease continued. It was finally discovered that her orthodontic appliance contained gluten. On identification and subsequent elimination of this factor, her disease went into remission.

In general, dental appliances that are colored are more likely to contain gluten. This is a broad generalization though and exceptions likely exist.

Our Dental Appliances are Gluten Free

Letter certifying nightguards and sleep apnea as gluten free for celiacs

Letter from our lab certifying no gluten

We treat dozens of patients with celiac disease, and we are vigilant about what we put in their mouths. This includes nightguards (special appliances worn at night to prevent clenching or treat headaches from grinding) and sleep apnea appliances.

In working with our lab, they certified that their appliances are gluten free. They completely analyzed their fabrication process and the machines they use. Our lab also contacted their suppliers to ensure that they did not incorporate this wheat protein into the raw materials.

The end result is that we are able to offer our patients nightguards, sleep apnea appliances, and certain orthodontic retainers free from gluten.

If you have celiac disease and would like to become a patient in our office, call (203) 799 – 2929 or visit this page.

About Nicholas Calcaterra DDS

Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra provides gentle and personalized dental care in our state of the art office in Orange, CT, with a special focus on IV Sedation. He is passionate about dentistry and enjoys using this website to educate and inform patients. He practices with his wife Dr. Carla Calcaterra.

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