Dental Caries: A Disease Which Needs Attention – Correspondence
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To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Mathur and Dhillon, describing the importance of early recognition and management of dental caries (DC) in children . We congratulate the authors for writing an authoritative overview on the topic aimed at pediatricians working in different clinical set-ups. We would like to highlight another important aspect of DC, incidence of which has been reported to be higher in children with celiac disease (CD)  and discuss the relevant literature available. CD is an immune-mediated multi-organ systemic disorder caused by ingestion of gluten found in wheat, rye and barley; strict adherence to lifelong gluten free diet is the only treatment available .
A Turkish study with 64 children with CD (mean age 8.2 y) when compared with another 64 age-sex matched controls, reported incidence of DC was higher in those with CD at 83% vs. 62% (control group) . An Italian study with 300 children (aged 4–13 y) with CD had higher indexes of DC...