Anorexia and Bulimia
The two most common types of eating disorders are not only harmful to your physical health, but also to your oral health. Anorexia, the act of semi-starvation, can deprive the body of nutrients and ultimately cause bone loss, creating weakened bones in the jaw that can lead to loss of teeth. Bulimia on the other hand, is when an individual engages in a cycle of binge eating then purging by vomiting. The stomach acids can erode tooth enamel, cause discoloration, cavities and tooth loss. This could result in the need for crowns, veneers and root canals.
Your dentist’s role
At Reisman Dental Group, we know that it is often your dentist or hygienist to first notice signs of these illnesses. While your dentist can correct the damage done to the teeth, they cannot treat the underlying eating disorder. If you suspect you have an eating disorder, talk to your physician.