Eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, can have a significant impact on the health of your smile, and they can directly affect your chances of getting tooth erosion. Malnourishment can also make your smile more susceptible to damage and infection. People consuming insufficient nutrients can put their smile at increased risk for gum disease and decay. Bulimic patients can cause further damage to their smile because frequent vomiting exposes teeth to stomach acids. This combination of insufficient nutrition and acidic exposure can deteriorate your teeth’s enamel and open the door to a variety of oral problems.
Other dental effects of eating disorders include:
- Gum and other soft tissue bleeding
- Chronic dry mouth
- TMJ from degenerative arthritis
- Redness, scratches, or cuts from purging, especially on the upper surface, which is commonly referred to as the ‘soft palate’.
- Enlargement of salivary glands
These effects can cause serious issues with your oral health; however, our team at Ralph M Hoffmann DMD PA is here to help. Dr. Ralph Hoffmann provides a wide variety of services designed to strength your smile and provide necessary dental restoration. Fluoride treatment can help strengthen teeth and promote remineralization. If a tooth or multiple teeth have been lost, our experienced prosthodontist may recommend an implant or other restorative treatment to replace them. Other treatments can include rinses, prescribed medications, special toothpastes, and more.
Each patient is unique, and we are committed to helping you find the personalized plan that will help you bolster your oral health and help you enjoy the smile you deserve. Please contact our team today at 704-364-3770 to learn more the oral effects of eating disorders in Charlotte, North Carolina, and to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you!