Our greatest goal here at Prosthodontists of the Carolinas — Southport is to help ensure the health of your smile. Certain eating disorders can negatively impact your oral health, which is why we provide treatments and tips to help take care of your smile! If you would like to learn more about the oral effects of eating disorders in Supply, North Carolina, please call us today at 910-755-7500 and set up a visit with our prosthodontists, Dr. Ralph Hoffmann.
Eating disorders have a significant impact on your oral health and smile. In fact, one of the primary effects of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia is the erosion of tooth enamel. However, there are other effects as well. Malnourishment makes your teeth and gums more susceptible to damage and infection and puts you at increased risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay. Bulimic patients can cause further damage to their smile through the exposure of teeth to stomach acids. This combination of insufficient nutrition and acidic exposure causes tooth enamel to deteriorate and creates even more oral health problems.
Some of the common oral conditions caused by eating disorders include:
- Bleeding of the gums and other soft oral tissues
- Chronic dry mouth
- TMJ disorders from degenerative arthritis
- Enlargement of salivary glands
- Redness, scratches and cuts from purging (especially on the soft palate)
Our prosthodontists and team offer a number of treatments to help strengthen and restore your teeth and smile. Each patient is unique, and we are committed to finding the treatment plan that will help you improve your oral health so that you can once again enjoy a beautiful smile. Treatments may include fluoride, dental implants or other restorative procedures, rinses, prescribed medications, special toothpastes, and more.
Please contact our office today to learn more about the oral effects of eating disorders and schedule your consultation with our caring prosthodontists. We are here to help you!