Eating Disorders and Your Dental Health

For some, eating disorders are unfortunately a part of every day life. These abnormal eating habits often involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and psychological health. Just like a nutritional, balanced diet influences our overall health, a lack thereof can negatively influence it and in turn, create multiple oral and general health problems.

Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia), Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia) and compulsive over-eating can create an array of dental and periodontal ailments. The most common of these being: tooth enamel erosion, tooth decay and soft tissue damage. Click the link below to learn additional dental issues associated with eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious threats, not only one’s dental health but more importantly, their life. If you or anyone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, please seek help.

You can read more about the individual eating disorders and how they affect oral health here.

What is Teeth Bleaching?

Bleaching is a process used to brighten natural teeth without complications. Tea, coffee, soda, tobacco and red wine as well as natural aging turn teeth darker and stain them over time. Professional brightening is performed with the aid of active oxygen, which decolorizes the distracting color pigments present in the tooth. The gums are covered with a special rubber compound to protect them from the bleaching agent. You can only brighten natural teeth. Crowns, bridges and veneers cannot be bleached. The bleaching solution is prepared by mixing two agents, and then applied to teeth. After processing, the bleaching compound will be removed and rinsed with water. You will be able to do this process approximately every two years. Results should last anywhere from one to three years or longer, depending on your own dental care.

Watch a video by Checkdent to learn more about teeth bleaching here.

4 Easy Lifestyle Changes You Can Make for Healthier Teeth

cherry water  Sandy Johnson, RHD talks about four easy lifestyle changes that can make for healthier teeth. These include:

  1. Switching from sugary soda drinks to clean sparkling water and fruit. By squeezing a lemon into your water or adding some berries, you’ll be cutting your daily calorie intake as well as decreasing sugar in your diet.
  2. Ordering water with every drink you buy, water is great for our teeth and mouth.
  3. Cutting down on chewy candies for hard sweets. Sugar itself isn’t necessarily the worst thing for you, it’s the acids created when bacteria breaks down sugar in the mouth that is so detrimental to our oral health.
  4. Switching to xylitol chewing gum also helps lower sugar intake while still having a great taste.

And, of course, the most important thing is to visit your dentist on a regular basis!

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