How Do Eating Disorders Affect Your Dental Health?

Many people who suffer from an eating disorder also suffer from severe dental erosion as a result of their disorder.  For example, patients with bulimia inundate their teeth with a higher level of acid, which can start to diminish the outer layers of their teeth.  This increased amount of acid also means a decreased amount of saliva.  Saliva is necessary to wash away harmful substances, like acid, from the teeth.  As a result, you have a much higher than normal level of dental erosion.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, first and foremost contact your health provider to receive the medical help you need.  For the protection of your teeth, please contact our Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Javdan, to discuss safe and viable treatment plans. He will also be able to give you a dental exam to discover and help prevent any other dental problems as well as help restore the functionality of your smile.