Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by repeated vomiting. There are a number of ways this condition can impact your oral health, including tooth damage, TMJ disorders and gum problems. When you come to Smiles Are Forever, our dentist and team will work with you to minimize this damage and help you regain your oral and overall health. To learn more about treatments for bulimia nervosa in Hutchinson, Kansas, and make an appointment with Dr. Shawn Jensen, please call us today at 620-663-1788.
While eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia lead to malnourishment and a number of medical and health problems, they also have a significant impact on your oral health. Bulimia and other eating disorders often increase your risk of tooth erosion and make your teeth more susceptible to infection, periodontal disease, cavities and other tooth damage. Some oral problems that may occur as a result of eating disorders include:
- Bleeding gums and bleeding of other soft oral tissues
- Chronic dry mouth
- TMJ disorders
- Enlargement of the salivary glands
- Redness, scratches or cuts from purging, especially on the soft palate
Our dentist may recommend a number of treatments to help you improve your oral health, including:
- Fluoride treatment
- Restorative treatments, including implant dentistry
- Mouth rinses
- Prescribed medications
- Special toothpastes
We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that will meet your needs and help you improve your health and smile. Call or visit us today for more information about the effect of bulimia on your oral health and our treatment options.