Saved by the Dentist: How a Dentist Can Spot an Eating Disorder


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A little known fact is that dental health professionals are usually the first people to notice the signs of eating disorders. This is because oral health problems are very frequent in people who have eating disorders.

If you are a dental health professional, watch out for these tell-tale signs and be sure to alert parents or other family members if you suspect eating disorders.

Bulimia is the most common affliction that is associated with tooth decay. Bulimia is best characterized as a binge and purge eating condition. Bulimic people will intake huge amounts of food and then purge them from the body, usually through self induced vomiting.

The obvious reason for tooth decay with a bulimic person is the corrosive stomach acid that is a part of vomit is exposed to tooth enamel on a frequent basis. It is estimated that almost 90% of people who suffer from bulimia show signs of tooth decay.

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In anorexia nervosa the reason for tooth decay is not as apparent. A person with anorexia is in a state of starvation. The lack of nutrients to the body can result in bone loss, and even osteoporosis.

This can cause the teeth, and even the jaw to become weak. Since the jaw supports the teeth, tooth loss commonly results.

A more overlooked reason for tooth decay and eating disorders is binge eating. Some people binge eat to relieve stress and to escape from reality. In extreme cases of binge eating a person can experience tooth decay from continuous intake of high sugar and acid foods like soda and candy.

There are multiple signs and symptoms that dental professionals should look for to determine the possibility of an eating disorder. Tissue loss and lesions or lost skin will appear in the mouth as a result of the corrosive effect of stomach acid.

The teeth can become brittle, discolored, or even translucent. Sensitivity to temperature or unprovoked and spontaneous pain with one tooth might also be a symptom.

Since dental health professionals are usually the first to have the chance to notice symptoms of an eating disorder, they should take some responsibility in the intervention of an eating disorder.

Dental health professionals can find scripts on multiple websites on how to approach and help a person that they fear might have fallen victim to an eating disorder.

The National Eating Disorders Association has a basic script available for dentists to follow. This is a good starting point for dental health professionals who want to take a role in helping their patients overcome a potentially life threatening aliment.

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Doctor’s Office: What to Expect

Admitting you have an eating problem is the first step to getting help. However, the prospect of having to go to the doctor and face your difficulties can be overwhelming.

If you know what to expect, a doctor’s exam is not quite so scary—this can help you face your fears and get you (or a loved one) the help that you really need. Eating disorders can be very unhealthy and result in death, so it is important to start a treatment program as soon as possible.

The first thing you can expect at a doctor’s appointment is paperwork. This will ask you for a family health history as well as personal health information. Be truthful and as complete as possible. Your doctor may then ask you some general health questions. It is here where you should voice your concerns about food and your diet.

Vomiting, even once, to rid your body of food is unhealthy, and if the thought of eating makes you feel sick because you’re worried you will gain weight, even if this thought only crosses your mind one time, you should talk to you doctor. He or she has dealt with this before, so there is no reason to be embarrassed.

Next, you doctor will perform a basic physical. This will include weighing you, something that could be very uncomfortable.

Ask to face away from the scale if not knowing your weight would help put you at ease. You doctor will also check vital signs, analyze body fat, check your internal organs, look at your skin, and listen to your heart and lungs.

Laboratory exams are common after that. You will be asked for a urine sample most likely; although you may also have your mouth swabbed or be asked to give blood. Laboratory tests can check a number of things, such as blood sugar, electrolytes, hormone levels, and cholesterol.

A psychological evaluation usually follows. Don’t worry—nobody thinks you are crazy. This is simply a way for doctors to learn more about you and why you have trouble dealing with food. It will also check for depression and anxiety, which are common mental diseases associated with eating disorders. This exam will assess your thoughts, feelings, and habits to better show the doctors how you need to be treated.

Your doctor may run other tests as well to diagnosis your overall health. You may have to be hospitalized, depending on the severity of your eating disorder, before you begin outpatient treatment.

Remember that you are taking the first step to a healthy and beautiful life. The doctor is here to help and guide you through the process and being aware of his or her procedures will help you face your fears.

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