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Dental Care and Eating Disorders

October 22, 2014

507399027It’s estimated that more than 10 million Americans are currently suffering from some form of eating disorder. Your dietary habits and nutrition can have dramatic affects on your oral health. Studies have shown that people with eating disorders and severely restricted diets have oral health problems caused by their eating habits. Up to 89% of bulimic patients show signs of tooth erosion and decay due to repeated regurgitation. If you are suffering from nutritional deficiencies it’s important to seek dental care immediately. Make an appointment with Dr. Keuning and Dr. Riley at Juno Beach Smiles. The dentists at Juno Beach Smiles want to partner with you to create your healthiest possible smile. Dr. Keuning and Dr. Riley proudly serve patients throughout Juno Beach, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, North Palm Beach and surrounding communities.

Eating Disorders and Dental Care Concerns

Those suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge and compulsive eating disorders may first show signs of the disorder by declining oral health. Signs that you may have dental complications related to nutritional deficiencies can include, erosive lesions on the surface of the teeth, weakened and translucent teeth, sensitivity and spontaneous tooth pain, bad breath, mouth sores and gum disease. Compulsive regurgitation can also affect the color, length and shape of the teeth. Besides the acid erosion damage from regurgitation, eating disorders also cause deficiencies in the vitamins, minerals, proteins that contribute to healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Care for Eating Disorders in Juno Beach, FL

As with any other medical condition that affects your oral health, no cosmetic dental treatment should be undergone until you have started treatment to address the eating disorder. However, treatment to prevent further damage to the teeth and gums should be started immediately. Make an appointment with Dr. Keuning and Dr. Riley at Juno Beach Smiles. The dentists at Juno Beach Smiles are committed to your overall well being and proudly serve patients throughout Juno Beach, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, North Palm Beach and surrounding cities.

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