I have been struggling with an eating disorder since my early teens. I am now 41 years old and still struggling. I’ve had recoveries and relapses throughout the years. For the past 18 months I’ve been in therapy for the 4th time. I am now in a good place and have had more good days than bad. This disorder has taken a huge toll on my teeth and they are in desperate need of cosmetic dentistry. I am afraid that I might ruin my investment in the work if I relapse again. Will my eating disorder affect cosmetic dentistry or is this something that I need to wait on before I have my teeth renewed? Thanks Heather
Heather – We commend you for your courage to discuss your disorder and its effects on your teeth. Both natural and cosmetically restored teeth are susceptible to damage from an eating disorder.
Stomach acid causes erosion that will cause dental crowns or veneers to fail. You should visit a cosmetic dentist for recommendations on how to limit further damage to your teeth.
Rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the effects of stomach acid in your mouth. Drink water frequently. A dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to prevent further erosion.
Continue your treatment for recovery, and you will be that much closer to a healthy and beautiful smile.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.