A Chronic Eating Disorder Can Cause Several Oral Health Problems

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Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can have a profound effect on the health of your mind, body, and mouth. The chronic malnutrition and potential exposure to excess gastric acids can harm your teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues.

Here at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Hoffmann and his staff specialists have the experience and training necessary to address the diverse oral health conditions that can arise from a chronic eating disorder. This might include demineralized tooth enamel, bleeding of the gums and other soft tissues, chronic dry mouth complications, as well as degenerative arthritis in the temporomandibular joints that hinge the jaw.

In some cases, people suffering complications from a chronic eating disorder will also experience redness, scratches, or cuts from purging. This is often prevalent on the upper surface, or soft palate of the mouth. Some people will also experience a general enlargement of the salivary glands or salivary stones that obstruct the distribution of saliva in the mouth.

After a comprehensive examination of your mouth, Dr. Hoffman and his staff will help you understand the possible treatments needed to restore your basic oral health and function. This might include treating tooth decay, improving the mineral strength of your tooth enamel through increased fluoride exposure, and periodontal treatments.

This treatment plan might also include a referral to a therapist to help you manage the psychological factors associated with a chronic eating disorder.

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have been struggling with oral problems caused by a chronic eating disorder, you should call 704-364-3770 to schedule an appointment at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas.