The Hidden Oral Health Consequences of Eating Disorders

You might be wondering why your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist is chatting about eating disorders today. Well, guess what? Our mouths are kind of like the gateway to our bodies, and they’re a lot more sensitive than you might think! In this post, we’ll be looking at the less-discussed, but equally important issue – how eating disorders can have a major impact on your oral health. It’s going to be a surprising ride for many of you!

Unwelcome Guests: Acid Erosion and Tooth Decay

With conditions like bulimia, repeated vomiting can bring stomach acids into the mouth. Ugh, not a pleasant guest! his acid is like the ultimate party crasher, attacking tooth enamel and leading to erosion. Over time, this can cause sensitivity, discoloration, and even tooth loss. Yikes!

On the other hand, folks with anorexia might not be getting the necessary nutrients or healthy teeth and gums. It’s a bit like trying to build a house without any bricks – things are going to get wobbly!

Dry Mouth: The Desert Inside

Eating disorders can also lead to dry mouth (or xerostomia if you want to get fancy!). Saliva is our mouth’s superhero, washing away food debris and neutralizing acids. When the saliva takes a break (lazy, huh?), tooth decay and gum disease could move in, and those guys are no fun at all!

The Hidden Terror: Enlarged Salivary Glands

Now, this one’s a bit of a surprise. Another unwelcome side effect of eating disorders is enlarged salivary glands, particularly with bulimia. These glands, located just in front of the ears, can swell up, causing discomfort and a change in facial appearance. It’s kind of like when you have a puffy face after a good cry, but it doesn’t go away as easily. If you’ve noticed that your face is swollen, then it’s a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Aesthetic Impact: Not Just a Cosmetic Dentist’s Concern

Alright, let’s talk turkey. As a cosmetic dentist, I know looks aren’t everything, but we all want to feel confident flashing our pearly whites, right? Discoloration, tooth thinning, and uneven lengths are just some of the aesthetic changes that could occur with an eating disorder. Not ideal for that perfect selfie! The good news is, these are all things that can be treated and restored, whether via crowns, veneers, or dental implants, so there is no need at all to panic.

Rose Dental Nashua to the Rescue

If you are currently battling an eating disorder, and you’re worried about the damage your illness could potentially do to your teeth, then you can speak to a cosmetic dentist here at Rose Dental Nashua, in a totally confidential environment.

There’s no need to worry because we’ve got your back, and even if your pearly whites have been put in peril by your eating disorder, we can help you to take back control and fix any issues, whether cosmetic or medical.  So, why not give us a bell today? There’s nothing to be embarrassed about!

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