Dental health can be severely affected during the course of an eating disorder due to the acid associated with frequent vomiting and nutritional deficiencies. The stomach acids from purging are absorbed into the teeth and slowly begin to eat away at the enamel. This can cause loss of tooth structure, infections, and broken, worn, and eroded teeth. Studies have shown that up to 89% of bulimic patients show signs of tooth erosion. Our dentist treats dental issues caused by eating disorders in Houston, Texas. With the help of Dr. Craig Mabrito, these dental ramifications caused by serious eating disorder conditions can be improved with restorative dental techniques.
Dental Symptoms of Eating Disorders
Dentists are often the first to recognize a patient has an eating disorder due to several classic symptoms and signs including:
- Loss of tissue and erosive lesions on the surface of teeth from the effects of acid, which can show up as early as 6 months after the problem starts
- Teeth color, shape, and length changing as well as becoming brittle, translucent, and weak
- Increased sensitivity to temperature
- Enlargement of the salivary glands, dry mouth, and reddened, dry, cracked lips
- Tooth decay which can actually be aggravated by extensive tooth brushing or rinsing following vomiting
- Unprovoked, spontaneous pain within a particular tooth
Feel free to contact Mabrito Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.