Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by the patient essentially starving him or herself. The body becomes deprived of essential nutrients, and the bones begin to weaken, including the jaw bone. Osteoporosis can develop in severe cases.
Anorexia Affects Oral Health
When the jaw bones become weakened, they lose their ability to support the teeth, and tooth loss can result.
Some anorexic patients are prescribed sucrose drinks that contain Vitamin C as part of a treatment regimen, in order to help the patient start to provide the body with more nutrients. While this is an important part of the treatment process, these drinks can lead to acidic erosion of the already weakened teeth. Including a dental professional as part of the treatment and recovery process can help maintain and restore the health of your teeth during your recovery.
Your cosmetic dentist will not only be able to make recommendations that allow you to help preserve the integrity of your teeth during treatment, but will be able to create a plan to restore the look of your natural teeth using porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns after you are in recovery from your illness.