The Effects of Eating Disorders on Your Smile

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Did you know that eating disorders can ruin your smile? Due to peer pressure, depression, a lack of self-worth, or a variety of other complex causes, eating disorders can even be found in otherwise healthy individuals. Two of the most common types of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia.

Anorexia is an eating disorder caused by not eating enough essential nutrients a body needs to sustain itself. This can lead to starvation. Sadly, some individuals who suffer from anorexia do so on their own volition due to anxiety and stress from gaining weight or looking fat. However, anorexia can lead to osteoporosis, which causes weak and brittle bones. Within your face, your jawbones weaken, leading to tooth loss. Malnourishment brought on by anorexia also increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Bulimia is an eating disorder caused by binge eating followed by vomiting. A cycle of an individual eating and then purging themselves of food continues until serious disorders begin to develop. Oftentimes, bulimia can lead to malnourishment, which can increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. Not only is malnourishment bad for your body, but the acids from your stomach brought into your mouth from vomiting can eat away at your tooth enamel.

With the help of Dr. Ralph Hoffmann and our prosthodontists at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas, we can help treat your eating disorders to promote better oral health care and strengthen your teeth. To schedule an appointment at our prosthodontic office in Charlotte, North Carolina, please call us at 704-364-3770. Your smile deserves its shine!