Repairing Tooth Damage Caused by Bulimia
Bulimia is an extremely damaging eating disorder that can take its toll on the entire body. One of the most noticeable places this damage can be seen is the teeth. Our team at True Dentistry has provided hope for those recovering from this emotional disease. Although a number of dental problems can occur, there is typically one or more ways to improve, if not eradicate, the severe damage caused by frequent binging and purging.
Patients who suffer from bulimia often show signs of the following:
- Swollen salivary glands leading to a dry, sore mouth
- A chronically sore throat
- Eroding tooth enamel
This is because the acidity that is pulled from the stomach when a person vomits wears on the body. Additionally, being malnourished can cause anemia and a weakened immune system. Over time, these problems can increase the risk for tooth decay, which can lead to even more serious problems like gum disease. Despite all of these harmful aftereffects of bulimia, we are committed to helping restore the form and function of the teeth to help in each patient’s recovery.
Since every case varies, patients will need to come in for an in-depth consultation, allowing our dentists to establish an effective treatment plan. This may include procedures such as bonding, porcelain crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more, depending on the patient’s unique needs. Just recently, Dr. Joseph Willardsen made an appearance on the daytime talk show The Doctors, where he presented a full mouth smile makeover on a former bulimic patient.
If you suffer from bulimia – or are in recovery from the disease – know that you are not alone. Our dentists have experience working with individuals just like you, repairing tooth damage ranging from mild to severe cases. To learn about available options that can provide relief from your dental problems, please contact True Dentistry to set up an appointment.