How Dentists Like Us Can Spot Eating Disorders in Your Mouth
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Office
A dental check-up at our office isn't just about your oral health, but your overall health as well. That's because your oral health is intricately linked to your entire body. A dental condition can reveal a lot about you, including your eating habits. During a check-up, we examine our patients for symptoms like ulcers, redness, swelling, discoloration, etc. which could indicate eating disorders.
In fact, the symptoms of some health ail like eating disorders begin manifesting in the mouth, so regular dental appointments can help you identify and treat them promptly. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can cause irreversible damages to your body if not treated promptly. Read on to find out how we can help you prevent that from happening.
Eating Disorders and How They Affect your Oral Health
Millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). These conditions are inheritable and ranked among the deadliest mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
These conditions are characterized by anomalies like the excessive consumption of food as a compensatory behavior exhibited in the face of stressors like social and environmental changes, a drastic reduction of calorie intake for weight loss purposes, and other abnormal eating patterns.
These conditions are usually accompanied by oral problems like tooth decay, gum recession, swollen cheeks and jaws, halitosis, tooth sensitivity, and tooth discoloration.
How We Help Out Eating Disorders
During their check-up, our dentists examine your entire dentition up close and ask questions to shed more light on what they see. From what we gather, we can then recommend the best course of treatment for the dental problem and then refer you to a behavior therapist to help you deal with the habits behind your eating disorders. Remember, timely intervention is crucial. Visit our offices as soon as possible to forestall any oral problem before it deteriorates into a complex case.