Do you have an eating disorder? You’re not on your own. In fact, over 10 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder. Crabtree Dental Center is here to help sustain you in your quest to overcome it.
Wondering how a dentist office can help? Well, as it turns out, eating disorders impact your oral health. Here’s how:
-If you binge on starchy and acidic foods, you are at risk for many oral health conditions like tooth decay, gingivitis or even gum disease.
-Your eating disorder may affect your salivary glands so that they begin to swell, creating a condition called dry mouth. This can eventually lead to tooth decay and other dental health issues.
-Do you have bulimia? When you vomit, stomach acid gets on your teeth. This breaks down your tooth enamel resulting in cavities, tooth sensitivity, and even changes in your teeth’s color, shape and length.
The first priority is to seek help from a therapist, support group or clinic. If you are working through your recovery, we applaud you! Here are some straightforward things you can do to decrease any oral health issues as you recover:
-Brush twice a day and floss once a day.
-If you relapse and begin to vomit, you’ll want to wait to brush your teeth until at least 30 minutes have passed. Meanwhile, rinse your mouth with a tsp of baking soda in water.
-Visit Dr. David Crabtree at least twice a year. Don’t be afraid to tell us at Crabtree Dental Center about your eating disorder. That way you can get the customized treatment you need.
Remember: you’re not alone. Call Crabtree Dental Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 719-599-7453 with any questions.