November 12, 2014

How Bulemia 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 the eroded enamel on chewing surfaces of back teeth, and stripping of the enamel on the back of front teeth.  The overall thickness of 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.  The advanced training that prosthodontists have gives them the best perspective on the appropriate treatment options to treat those with this condition.

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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