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Solve Your Dental Complications After an Eating Disorder or Other Erosive Issues

Contact us today to discuss severe tooth erosion treatment available at our Manalapan dental office. Get in touch by requesting an appointment or calling (732) 410-7101.

SDNJ Specializes in Treatment for Severe Tooth Erosion

At SDNJ, we pride ourselves on the consistent 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.

An encouraging and welcoming environment can make all the difference if you feel embarrassed or frustrated by the damage caused by an eating disorder or gastroesophageal reflux disease. We have assisted many people in your position who need special types of oral care as they recover. We understand how difficult this path can be. As our dentist offers the assistance for severe tooth erosion that you need, our entire staff will be behind you, providing any support you require along the way.

Common Causes of Tooth Erosion

Your dietary habits have a direct effect on your oral health. Did you know that eating disorder symptoms can begin to manifest in your mouth? It's one of the first areas impacted by an eating disorder. This damage may occur over months or years. It can be permanent, though you can also treat these symptoms and address them with our dentists.

Our office is a safe place. If you need a dentist for dental erosion, tell us honestly what issues have contributed to the problem. Once we understand what you are dealing with, we can provide the support and information about treatment that you need.

Eating disorders and gastroesophageal reflux disease are the most common reasons for developing tooth erosion. Other causes may include:

  • Poorly flowing salivary glands, which can produce dry mouth
  • Consumption of acidic drinks such as citrus-flavored beverages, fruit juice and soda
  • Issues with the gastrointestinal system

How Do Eating Disorders Affect Your Mouth

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.

Dental Treatment After Eating Disorders

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.

Choosing to find dental treatment for bulimia and other eating disorders requires courage and determination. You may feel ready for a fresh start. Part of moving on from this previous chapter is loving yourself and letting go of the things you wanted to control in your past. Getting treatment for tooth erosion caused by your eating disorder is one more way to distance yourself from your past struggles.

A new smile could help you feel confident. You deserve to celebrate every victory during this difficult recovery period. Many recovery counselors recommend practicing self-care as a way of showing yourself appreciation and love. Getting treatment for severe tooth erosion falls under this umbrella. A new smile allows you to move on from your past and move ahead with less trepidation.

SDNJ wants to help you with whatever you need. We can recommend cosmetic options or preventative treatments to keep tooth erosion from worsening. We thoroughly explain your options and support your right to make your own treatment choice. We know flexibility is a key part of recovery, and our office keeps this in mind as we aid you.

Protect Your Teeth from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides eating disorder treatment to Monmouth County residents and surrounding areas. Have you already experienced severe damage to your teeth from GERD? We can assist you. Contact the dentists at SDNJ today to learn more about our services and get started on your treatment.

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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

Contact The Dental Specialists at SDNJ

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 treatment for severe tooth erosion to Monmouth County residents and surrounding areas.