Eating disorder treatment for Minneapolis residents battling anorexia or bulimia is no small matter. Conservative estimates are that some 1.5 million girls and 1 million boys in the U.S. suffer from some form of this disorder.
Dr. Bjorklund is concerned about the physical and emotional well-being of all his patients, including the impact such conditions as these have on oral health. What are some dental areas especially susceptible to damage?
Dental effects of Bulimia or Anorexia:
- Upper front teeth — from constant vomiting, the enamel and dentin coverings on the back of these surfaces erode due to high acid exposure.
- Back teeth — loss of tooth structure can occur as stomach acid washes away valuable, protective mineral coatings, thus altering a person’s bite.
- Dry mouth — dehydration from fasting, vomiting or abuse of laxatives and diuretics prevents harmful bacteria from diluting and rinsing away from teeth and gum tissue. Decay and periodontitis can ensue.
- Sensitive teeth — severe erosion to enamel can result in pain when teeth are exposed to hot/cold food, beverages or air.
Fortunately, much of the dental damage wrought by eating disorders can be treated by our compassionate Dr. Bjorklund and his qualified staff.
Crowns and fillings are often applied to teeth too damaged to survive on their own. This effectively restores their function while reducing sensitivity to temperature.
Regular professional cleanings are an essential part of any eating disorder treatment. Minneapolis patients wanting to minimize the damage to their teeth and gums please visit our official website for more information today!