Signs of Trouble: Dental Erosion and Eating Disorders

by Jason 8/16/2012 8:30 AM

In the U.S., eating disorders are more common than Alzheimer’s disease. More than 10 million men, women and children have eating disorders in the U.S. And dentists and dental hygienist are often on the front line of spotting eating disorders, especially for bulimia. The vomiting often associated with bulimia can be very harmful to your teeth. Vomit contains many acids that contribute to teeth erosion. This acid eats away at the enamel that protects your teeth from dental cavity bacteria. In fact, 89 percent of people with bulimia show signs of tooth erosion. Erosion can drastically change the color, size and shape of your teeth. Excessive tooth erosion is one way your dentist could tell if a patient is bulimic. Frequent vomiting can lead to sensitive teeth; dry mouth and red, cracked lips –all signs that your dentist is trained to recognize as side effects of bulimia. So what should you do if your dentist suspects trouble for you or a loved one? If your dentist suggests your child may have this eating disorder, don’t panic. Seek help from experts. With a little help from nutritionists, therapists and doctors, your child may be able to recover from this physical and psychological health issue. The good news is that with help, change is possible. 

Back to School: What to Pack in Your Lunchbox

by Jason 8/14/2012 8:00 AM

Find out what to pack for a tooth-healthy lunch.... more...

Veggie-Only Diet Bad for Your Teeth?

by Jason 8/9/2012 8:16 AM

There are many different reasons why someone may choose to become a vegetarian. Some people choose this lifestyle for ethical reasons, some for the health benefits, and many for religious purposes.

Whatever the reason, the oral health implications of vegetarianism are the same.... more...

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