Your Eating Disorder and Teeth Troubles Are Related

dca-blog_eating-disorders-and-dental-health

If you struggle with unhealthy eating behaviors or distorted body image, you’re not alone. Anorexia and bulimia are common eating disorders that affect millions of women and men. Both lead to serious medical problems and deteriorating dental health. If you have bulimia, you may eat large amounts of food and then purge by vomiting. Some bulimics also use laxatives or exercise to purge. If you suffer from anorexia, you may follow an extremely restrictive diet that doesn’t provide the nutrition and energy your body needs; you may believe that you are fat even though you are severely underweight. Both of these eating disorders lead to nutritional deficits that damage major organs and body systems; they can also ruin your smile by destroying your teeth. 



Bulimia Effects on Teeth

Frequent vomiting causes your tooth enamel to be routinely exposed to regurgitated stomach acids, which are powerful and cause rapid erosion of teeth. Besides wearing away your tooth enamel, frequently vomiting can change the color, shape, and length of your teeth. Nutritional deficiencies associated with anorexia can cause osteoporosis, which weakens the bones that support your teeth and causes tooth loss. Eating disorders also cause swelling of salivary glands and mouth tenderness. If these symptoms occurred soon after the onset of your illness, your eating disorder and teeth problems are likely related.

6 Oral Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia effects on teeth include the following symptoms:

  1. Tooth sensitivity
  2. Progressive erosion of teeth
  3. Sore throat
  4. Mouth tenderness or sores
  5. Cracked, dry lips or dry mouth
  6. Bad breath

Prevent Further Damage to Teeth

While it’s critical to address both your eating disorder and teeth problems, it’s best to wait until you have recovered from your anorexia or bulimia before any permanent tooth restorations are performed. While you are recovering, you can diminish erosion of teeth and other tooth damage by:

  • Never brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting. Instead, rinsing your mouth with plain water or a water and baking soda solution will help to neutralize damaging stomach acids.
  • Inquiring about temporary appliances such as mouth guards to prevent excessive wear of weakened teeth.
  • Talking to your physician about how to improve general nutrition and increase bone strength.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Maryland today at (855) 979-3336 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Maryland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Maryland.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The hygienist was amazing!
Marcia K.
The people there are very nice and helpful. They make sure you comfortable. They know how to do their jobs.
Virgini B.
Overall everyone and evrything was nice. Clean environment!
Wanda B.
It was a clean environment the office personnel was kind and the staff was great
Candis D.
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit […]
Arlene K.
I’ve never liked going to the dentist since I was a child because of my sensitive teeth. Came across Dental One Associates of Cross Keys and it has been my best experience to date. From the […]
Sabrina G.
This was my first time in this office I was greeted with smiles and the whole time I was in there the nurses smiled and laughed with me and the doctor was awesome I will definitely keep this office […]
Alexis A.
Professional and competent.
George L.
Maxine and Brianna are amazing and they always treat me so well!!
Shauna K.
Personal care, expert technical work, thorough explanation of plan and procedures, pleasant, courteous staff.
Elizabeth P.
The team is amazing. Everyone is so nice and they have great hours. They use the newest technology and are so knowledgeable when you have a questions.
Anna W.
I like the people that work at Dental One, they are always nice and helpful.
Angela G.
This an organization that operates with the highest degree of professionalism and humanity.
Richard B.
My hygienist to careful consideration of my tooth sensitivity! Absolutely fantastic staff!
Tyler P.
Excellent care, dentist and tech were very solicitous of my comfort, procedure was completed quickly and with no pain.
William A.
Denise was excellent, the ladies at the front desk are very polite and professional
Chandra W.
The courteous , professional and respectful customer service I receive from the doctors as well as the supporting staff is amazing. I actual enjoy making appointments.
Eloise F.
Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and caring staff!
Paula T.
The staff is competent, friendly, and efficient. Appointments start on time and the dental procedures are executed very well.
Timothy L.
Great service
Linda S.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (855) 979-3336