March 12, 2013

How Bulimia Damages Teeth

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse.The frequent purging results in a prolonged acidic environment in the mouth, and damages tooth enamel.  This damage usually starts on tooth surfaces facing the inside of the mouth.  A prosthodontist recognizes the problem by identifying eroded enamel on chewing surfaces of back teeth, and stripping of enamel on the back of front teeth.  The overall thickness of the protective enamel is reduced, and edges of front teeth begin to wear and chip. Fortunately, these teeth can be restored, even when the damage is severe, and the patient returned to healthy function  and an attractive smile.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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