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Could Your Retainer Be Preventing Healing? Yes.

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I am not warning people off dental care! We can't avoid it, as we have dental complications due to early childhood gluten exposure. I just wanted to report that our family found the case study instrumental in managing our healthcare. Our orthodontist also found the case study meaningful and was relieved that the next scheduled retainers are made of a different material than that used in the case study.

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The symptoms were a chronic cough and continuous postnatal drip that eventuated in severe facial swelling. I took her to the orthodontist concerned we were having infection issues, as it seemed her body was in overdrive fighting....something? He assured me that she was not presenting with infection (we were already on acute allergy management for the symptoms). He advised that she looked to be reacting to her plate. He removed it the next day to make an early transition to her braces, and she immediately improved. Her ability to digest dairy and function of her digestive and respiratory systems seem to have been compromised from the reaction process. She is recovering, just hard to have such a setback when we were doing so well.

 

 

Oh... well that is different!  Your kids have some allergy issues - who knows what part of the retainer she is allergic too.  I have heard of kids having allergic reactions to retainers.  When I was a kid - I think it was the metal used in the metal parts?  That was back in the Stone Ages - hopefully they are made of better stuff these days.  If she needs another, try another manufacturer?  

 

My son kept getting sore in his mouth we thought was because of the metal retainer or he wasn't cleaning well enough.  A friend in college had a"  natural" toothpaste he tried.   He changed toothpaste to Jason's and the sores & swollen lymph nodes went away.

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 I recognise that our daughter's allergic/celiac reaction could have been to any ingredient in that plastic.

 

Good. I am glad you recognize that fact because 

not everything that happens to us, our children and families is because of gluten.

 

Having OTHER allergies/intolerances  opens a door to so many other things that may have caused a "reaction".

 

I know, I have other food intolerances and mast cell issues. 

 

I am sorry your wee one is not feeling well, but the science speaks volumes. And Dilettantesteph would be the first to agree that the science is important. 

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I think it is fair to note here that our daughters only known allergen is gluten.

 

Yea... it sounds like it can be hard to figure out what exactly someone is  allergic to.  Sounds like tests aren't reliable.... its just sort of an elimination/observation thing.

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And 9 years of elimination/observation testing, amongst other medical monitoring, has produced a single allergen for her, gluten. Yes, one can develop new allergies at any time. But her reaction was consistent with her past responses to gluten exposure. We have never observed these reactions in response to anything else. Her doctor kept asking, are you sure it isn't gluten? And with our diligence, I kept insisting I couldn't think of a gluten source. It was her insistence...it looks like gluten....that kept my mind open to the possibility and produced relief and a road to recovery for my child. The full text article of this case study helped me shape my opinion and reaffirmed the doctors initial response to our troubles.

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And 9 years of elimination/observation testing, amongst other medical monitoring, has produced a single allergen for her, gluten. Yes, one can develop new allergies at any time. But her reaction was consistent with her past responses to gluten exposure. We have never observed these reactions in response to anything else. Her doctor kept asking, are you sure it isn't gluten? And with our diligence, I kept insisting I couldn't think of a gluten source. It was her insistence...it looks like gluten....that kept my mind open to the possibility and produced relief and a road to recovery for my child. The full text article of this case study helped me shape my opinion and reaffirmed the doctors initial response to our troubles.

 

 

And that points out the big difference between Celiac and wheat or other allergies, doesn't it?  Sometimes, contact is enough to give you the allergic reactions like stuffy nose and rashes.  And it isn't like, when you are trying to figure out what a kid is allergic to, you say "Here, Kiddo.  Suck on this piece of metal or plastic & let's see what happens"   :lol:   You just have to figure it out as it comes.

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