Here at Livonia Family Dental, we talk a great deal about our holistic approach to dental care. We firmly believe that to achieve total body wellness, you must pay attention to all aspects of your health—including your mental and oral health—and the research backs us up.
There is a strong link between eating disorders and dental problems. For example, bulimics often suffer from a high instance of tooth decay and cavities because the stomach acid, when introduced so often to tooth and gum surfaces, causes a high degree of erosion. Additionally, pica (an eating disorder in which patients feel a strong urge to eat non-food substances) can also cause erosion and abrasion. The same holds true for anorexia nervosa.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder, you can contact the National Eating Disorders Association for help and more information via a referral or telephone help line. Eating disorders are treatable, but most patients cannot beat them on their own. You should also let us know if you need help in caring for your teeth while battling such a disorder, as we can recommend proven treatments to help keep your smile bright.