Skip ToContent
Main Content

How Your Eating Disorder Damages Your Oral Health

Hot wings being picked upMillions of Americans suffer from some type of eating disorder. Teenage girls and young women are most likely to suffer from an eating disorder, but anyone can be affected. Dentists may be the first medical professionals to discover the signs of an eating disorder in a patient. This is because anorexia (starvation) and bulimia (frequent, self-induced vomiting) both have an impact on dental health.

Eating Disorders and Your Oral Health

Bulimia is the most common eating disorder to be detected by dentists. In fact, over 90% of bulimia sufferers exhibit signs of tooth erosion. This is due to the amount of stomach acid that comes in contact with the teeth and will eat away at the tooth enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, teeth become more vulnerable to dental cavities, tooth sensitivity, chips, and cracks. Although other types of acid found in soda and wine can also cause these problems, bulimics will present in a distinct pattern along the backs of the upper teeth.

While enamel cannot be regrown, there are restorative treatments that can restore the function and appearance of the teeth while protecting them from further damage. These options include dental crowns, bridges, or dental veneers, depending on the severity of the damage and the age of the patient.

In addition to enamel erosion, bulimia sufferers will also suffer damage to the soft tissues of the mouth due to stomach acid. This includes the roof of the mouth, the throat, and the tongue.

Anorexia can also be detected by your dentist. The lack of nutrition in anorexia sufferers will result in more frequent dental cavities and tooth decay. It’s also important to keep in mind that many of these disorders may overlap and cause all of the above issues.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, please contact your doctor, or visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org for information and support.

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we can provide the best in root canal therapy. For more information, please contact one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North, and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted by

Share:

Archives

Mar 11, 2019, 9:52 PM
There are many ways that alcohol, coffee, and tobacco can damage your mouth and teeth. Using these products every day can…
Feb 25, 2019, 9:14 PM
Millions of Americans suffer from some type of eating disorder. Teenage girls and young women are most likely to suffer from…
Feb 11, 2019, 8:31 PM
Dental bonding is a restorative option used when a tooth becomes cracked, chipped, decayed, or discolored. Some of your other…
Jan 28, 2019, 10:07 PM
The dental hygienists at your general dental office have been thoroughly trained on oral health, specifically the health of…
Jan 15, 2019, 9:12 PM
The importance of brushing our teeth is well-known and often talked about. Everyone knows that regularly brushing their teeth…
Dec 27, 2018, 9:29 PM
Many people avoid the dentist, telling themselves that regular brushing and flossing their teeth should keep their teeth…
Dec 11, 2018, 12:09 AM
If you’re trying to make the most out of your next visit to your general dentist for a cleaning and exam, there are a few…
Nov 26, 2018, 10:54 PM
Many seniors in America are suffering from a variety of health problems, which can sometimes cause their dental health to…
Nov 9, 2018, 8:44 PM
After wisdom teeth are removed, you are at risk for a condition known as ‘dry socket.’ While this condition can occur after…
Oct 22, 2018, 9:50 PM
Human teeth are incredibly strong and durable and, if we take proper care of them, our teeth can last us a lifetime. However,…