Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders and Dentistry

Eating disorders are expressions of a range of weight and food issues that both men and women can experience. They can include a complex combination of both psychological and physical problems. Different forms of eating disorders exist, and all are serious.

Bulimia nervosa (binge/purge), anorexia nervosa (self-induced starvation), and the combination (bulimarexia) are the main eating disorders that can affect your dental health.

Lingual Veneers

Lingual Veneers — Why? To restore worn-away enamel from acid erosion due to eating disorders.

Lingual veneers are placed on the inside, or lingual, surface of the front teeth. Rather than remove any healthy enamel from the remaining front and back sides of the teeth to do crowns, lingual veneers offer a conservative alternative for people who have experienced acid erosion, or tooth wear, of the lingual surfaces due to the detrimental effects of eating disorders such as bulimia.

The goal is to build up and restore worn-away teeth while preserving as much of the natural, beautiful, and healthy tooth structure as possible. This strengthens and reinforces the tooth from further damage and drastically reduces sensitivity so a healthy diet and lifestyle can be resumed.

Professional dental help for bulimia

It is important to seek dental care if you have bulimia and to share with the dentist openly what is happening. Many dentists are caring, professional people who understand the problems with bulimia and want to help. Without the dentist's help, the dental consequences of your bulimia can be severe.

Dr. Allen can usually provide all the dental services needed to restore a bulimic patient back to good dental health in a confidential and private manner.

Additionally, Dr. Allen can help a bulimic patient manage the condition so that, even if he or she is continuing to have problems, the dental consequences of bulimia will be lessened or eliminated.

Dallas Dental Arts services can be specially arranged for a bulimic patient so all needed dental treatment can be intensively completed in a short period of time. This makes it possible for a patient from out of town to complete the desperately needed dental care confidentially and in as few visits as possible.

Dallas Dental Arts can also assist in obtaining the funds for this care, so everything that needs to be done can be accomplished. For more information on financial assistance, please click here.

Dr. Allen has successfully cared for many patients who are suffering from bulimia and would be pleased to meet with you in a confidential consultation. Here, you can privately discuss your choices in dealing with your bulimia.

Dr. Allen understands that you are struggling with bulimia and it may take time to deal with the consequences of the condition. Privately speaking with Dr. Allen can be your first step in conquering your bulimia.

Please consider calling (214) 999-0110 to schedule a consultation. You do not have to say why you are visiting, just that you would like a private consultation.

If calling for an appointment is too embarrassing, you can email Dr. Allen first at drallen@dallasdentalarts.com, or you can schedule a consultation and email her privately to let Dr. Allen know that you wish to talk about your bulimia.

 


Crash Dieting and Your Oral Health

With all the focus of the media on diets, exercise equipment, and personal care products, people are more concerned about their appearance and physical health than ever.

In an effort to meet today’s standard of beauty and “health,” many people are quick to try the newest crash diet fad without ever realizing that it may in fact be an incorrect way to diet. Crash dieters who fast excessively, or try every new trend, tend to have a lack, or decreased amount, of certain vitamins, most notably Vitamins D, B-12, and calcium. They also tend to lack certain minerals and proteins in their diets.

These are very important vitamins, especially for the health of the teeth and gums. What can also occur is that dieters tend to have a diet high in fruits, which may contain a high content of natural sugars. These sugars tend to decay and erode the enamel of the teeth.

Mints, used to combat the bad breath associated with Ketosis caused by an unbalanced protein diet and so-called “power bars,” can further decay your teeth.

Dieters also tend to take diet pills that may cause a decrease in saliva flow as a side effect. This decrease in saliva flow tends to increase the acid levels in the mouth, which may cause an increased level of cavity formation. Antidepressants and decongestants have the same effect.

Dr. Allen cares about the health and well-being of her patients. If you are currently on a diet that restricts certain food groups and/or you are taking a supplement or prescription diet aid, your oral health may compromised and in need of attention.

Please discuss any of these changes in diet or methods of weight control with Dr. Allen at your next appointment, and any problems or discomfort you may be experiencing in your teeth and gums. Dr. Allen has many conservative measures to prevent and alleviate these conditions. Preventing a dental situation before it becomes a problem can save not only your teeth but discomfort, time, money, and your health.

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