Solve Your Dental Complications After An Eating Disorder
Among the susceptible figure-conscious young female group and more males than ever, eating disorders are quite common, and teeth erosion is a side effect of the acidic oral environment resulting from either purging or a poor diet. Thankfully, Dr. James Courey and the team at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey has the skill and training to effectively provide eating disorder treatment to residents in Monmouth County and surrounding areas.
At SDNJ, we pride ourselves on the consistant feedback of our patients feeling comfortable in our office and with our dental team. We are not here to judge, we are here to support you in your journey. And we want to help you become the best version of yourself.
Eating disorders, including bulimia (binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting), anorexia and poor dieting habits carry side effects which are detrimental to your bodily and mental well-being - they can also rot your teeth. Studies have shown that up to 2.1% of males and 7.3% of females purge (self-induced vomiting) at least once a week, and the numbers are even higher for adolescents.
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Common Dental Symptoms from an Eating Disorder
Tooth surface loss from erosion caused by chemicals such as dietary, gastric, or environmental acids typically wear away tooth enamel, which leads to sensitive teeth, cavities, or gum disease. If untreated, these effects can exacerbate, leading to teeth grinding and gastric reflux disease. Soft tissue lesions, malnutrition, a suppressed immune system, low self-esteem, an addictive personality (smoking, drinking or drugs), peptic ulcers, and esophagitis are common among people who suffer from bulimia and anorexia.
Oral damage from such disorders can include a severe breakdown of the teeth or their supporting structures which can affect the facial muscular system, negatively affecting your daily quality of life; the effort to restore a damaged mouth can become extremely challenging and costly.
Treatment Options for Your Teeth
Treatment of the problem, besides education and being supportive to the person suffering from the disorder, involves precise dental management:
- Control the oral environment
- Drink water or healthier juice instead of diet soda
- Eat healthier (as opposed to binge eating and purging)
- Use prescription strength fluoride to harden and desensitize your teeth
- Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing at least twice a day
- If you regurgitate or vomit, rinse your mouth out right away
- Add baking soda to your brushing - this will help to neutralize the acidic environment
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Getting a custom-fitted night guard to prevent further loss of tooth structure from grinding and bruxism and perhaps
veneers or crowns can be used to restore ideal health to your mouth. A consultation at our practice with prosthodontist
Dr. James Courey, who provides eating disorder treatment in Monmouth County, would be the first step of the process. The earlier you start treating the problem the better. A healthy mouth is essential for a healthy life.
Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides eating disorder treatment to Monmouth County residents and surrounding areas.