Our team of dentists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Today more than ever studies are showing the importance of regular dental care to your overall health and well being. From preventing heart disease and stroke by maintaing healthy gums, to diagnosing and treating life threatening sleep apnea, dentistry is in the lead for preventive health care. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
People with eating disorders can suffer from oral health problems as well. This is because many of the behaviors associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa—such as binge eating, self-induced vomiting, and use of diuretics or laxatives—cause changes in the mouth.
For example, repeated episodes of vomiting, which is common in people with bulimia, release harmful stomach acids that pass through the mouth and can erode tooth enamel, causing cavities, discoloration and tooth loss. Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders.
Brushing after episodic vomiting is actually more harmful than one would think. The best practice is to rinse thoroughly with a neutral solution such as baking soda and water.