Eating Disorders and Your Oral Health

Apr 13th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry

Oral HealthIt’s been said time and time again that oral and overall health go hand in hand, and, today, San Francisco dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu wants to discuss how your oral health is effected by a serious bodily health problem—eating disorders.

What Oral Health Problems are Associated with Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are among the most common health conditions in the United States and, just like every other aspect of bodily health, they can have a direct impact on your oral health. There are two primary eating disorders—anorexia and bulimia—and both impact the health of your teeth and gums.

Anorexia occurs when an individual deprives the body of the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy weight and function properly. In doing this you’re not only starving your body of the food it needs, but you’re also starving your teeth of the nutrients they need to remain healthy and strong. Some of these nutrients include calcium, iron, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin D. In addition to nourishing your teeth, the proper balance of nutrients in your mouth also contributes to your oral health as a whole, including the promotion of saliva flow, the onset of dry mouth, and demineralization and remineralization of your tooth enamel.

Bulimia occurs when an individual engages in a cycle of binge eating and vomiting. Both parts of this cycle can be detrimental to oral health. Because a binge eater plans on vomiting the food he or she consumes during a binge session, he or she often eats everything in sight, regardless of the nutritional value of the food. This means that the teeth are often exposed to high levels of sugar and acid during binge eating sessions, which contributes to tooth decay, enamel erosion, and gum disease.

The second battle with bulimia occurs when the individual vomits, causing the stomach acid to pass through the mouth and, as a result, erode the tooth enamel and eventually cause tooth decay, dental discoloration, and tooth loss. Often, worn and yellow teeth are the first signs your dentist sees of an eating disorder.

Your Health Care in Richmond, CA

If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s time to consult a professional to receive the care you need and deserve. Dr. Moiceanu can help you restore health and beauty to your smile as your general physician or a specialist helps you restore health to your mind and body.

To reserve an appointment with Dr. Moiceanu, call Hilltop Family Dental in Richmond, California at (510) 758-7222. We serve patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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