Did you know that, many times, eating disorders are discovered and diagnosed first by dentists before anyone else? This is because of easily identifiable changes that show up in the oral cavity when malnutrition is present and excess vomiting is occurring.
The destructive disorder of anorexia and bulimia do more than ravage the body. Eating disorders are one of the most damaging things you can do to your oral health. It is important, if you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, that your relay this critical information.
There are serious consequences that come from regurgitating the that you eat on a regular basis. The stomach’s digestive enzymes are a very strong acid that can remove your tooth enamel over time. That enamel is your teeth’s protection against bacteria and decay. Once it is breached, cavities and tooth loss are not far behind. Plus, this can also be a cause of discoloration and halitosis.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to minimize the damage. First and foremost, get help from specialist in eating disorders, and ongoing treatment. Then, visit us so that we can evaluate your level of damage and give you the proper instruction on how to keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you are going through treatment.
We want you to feel comfortable discussing these matters with us. We are here for you, and you can trust in our promise of physician-patient confidentiality when you step into our office.
If you’d like more education about eating disorder and your dental health, call Dr. Michael Dab and our helpful team at Michael G. Dab, D.D.S. Phone: 415-472-5211, or come by our office in San Rafael, California.