Eating Disorders Eating disorder is first and foremost a psychological issue so a psychologist, psychiatrist or any mental health professionals are the right people to diagnose and treat this problem. However, dentists may be the ones
A competent dentist in Houston area can detect signs of eating disorder but further tests and visit to mental health professionals is highly recommended to give the patient appropriate care. The patient though must be honest in admitting that there is an eating disorder problem so proper assessment can be made by the dentist.
Since food is essential in maintaining good oral health, lack of the right nutrients, self-induced vomiting and binge eating can be determined by a dentist through a patient’s unusual incidence of cavities, tooth erosion, temperature sensitivity, dry mouth, bad breath and even premature tooth loss.
If a patient is suffering from bulimia nervosa, the teeth can show corrosion. A bulimia sufferer indulges in binge eating then induces vomiting (or purging), sometimes by putting a finger down the throat or use of laxatives, diuretics or diet pills. The stomach acid the passes through the mouth as a result of purging are corrosive which in turn weakens the tooth enamel. Therefore, a dentist can see its effect on the tooth and overall oral health.
When a patient binged on high calorie and high carbohydrate food and then purged it through the mouth, aside from the acidic content of the stomach, the sugary stuff that goes with it can further bring damage to the tooth and gums. By regularly visiting your dentist, appropriate procedures can be done to take care of the problem.
Cosmetic dentistry Houston TX will easily take care of exposed nerve, weakened enamel and other tooth restoration procedures. Dental crowns or veneers are common solutions. Maintaining good oral health after these cosmetic dental procedures is of utmost importance. Don’t brush your teeth right after vomiting because your teeth are still in a vulnerable state due to stomach acids that passed through them. Basic dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing, fluoride mouthwash, fluoride application, special kind of toothpaste and regular visit to the dentist every six months may also be prescribed.