Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

Bulimia-Related Erosion of Teeth Can Destroy Your Smile

dca-blog_eating-disorders-and-dental-health

Most people know that conditions like bulimia can cause serious medical complications, but many don’t realize that an eating disorder and teeth problems go hand in hand. If you’re bulimic, your cyclical binge eating and vomiting behaviors cause serious damage to your oral health. When you vomit, regurgitated stomach acids are in direct contact with your tooth enamel. In a relatively short period of time, it wears away the surface of your teeth; this erosion of teeth results in cavities, chips, fractures, and tooth loss. In fact, your dentist may be the first person to notice bulimia effects on teeth.

Recognizing Bulimia Effects on Teeth



Dental professionals can often recognize signs of past or present bulimia during a routine exam. If you have the disease, your teeth may appear clear in color because of severe damage to tooth enamel. They may be slightly rounded in shape. Tooth decay and gingivitis are common. The type of damage seen is similar to that of patients who had nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy treatment or who suffered severe morning sickness while pregnant. However, the damage is often significantly worse due to the duration of bulimia, which can be ongoing for many years.

Dealing with Extensive Erosion of Teeth



When bulimia effects on teeth become evident, conservative treatments may have limited value. Dentists typically recommend strict dental hygiene, including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. Crowns may be needed when erosion of teeth becomes severe. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, extraction may be the only option. Your physician may be able to refer you to a dentist who specializes in treating bulimic patients. Before having extensive restorative dental work performed, it’s best that you obtain treatment for your bulimia. If you continued to vomit regularly after dental treatment, further damage would compromise your new restorations.

Address the Root Cause of Your Eating Disorder and Teeth Problems



Eating disorders like bulimia can destroy your healthy smile, and they can also ruin your general health. Because having an eating disorder is a serious matter, your dentist is likely to refer you for specialized treatment if he or she suspects bulimia. A medical doctor or mental health specialist can help you understand your illness, and find ways to stop your unhealthy behaviors.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The efficiency is remarkable. If I have an 8am appointment, I am never called back late and I am done by 9am. My friends can’t believe it. Everyone is so very professional and nice from the dental […]
Janetta M.
You made my son feel comfortable
Christopher M.
Always good service. Friendly people
Petra W.
I was in the chair at the appointment scheduled, no long waits, and staff was friendly
Virginia W.
I love coming here for my monthly check up. Everyone is really nice and accomodating. Dr Sagafi is really amazing!!!
Nikhola G.
The staff here is wonderful. I haven’t had to wait after my appointment time and the Dentist is very attentive to my questions and concerns.
Robyn D.
Scale wouldn’t move. Wanted to give you a 10. Everyone was polite and friendly. Service was explained well.
Natalie L.
ease of making appt., friendly professional staff
Terrence R.
Excellent dental care
Paul W.
Doctor Sagafi has been very helpful, and the staff is very nice.
Azhar I.
Rarely ever wait more than a couple minutes.
Chris G.
Dr Bonic she’s wonderful and has a great bedside manor
Korin H.
Quick efficient service.
David D.
Dr. Val and the staff at Dental One Associates always do a superb job and are pleasant to deal with.
Steven P.
Ive been using Dental one for the last few years and they are great. Nice, professional, easy to get an appointment. Every thing you could want in a dental office.
Jason W.
Over the last 60 years or so that I’ve been going to the dentist, I’ve lived in 24 different places in the U.S. and overseas, and the level of care at Dental 1 is the best I’ve found.
John K.
Good service
Paranthaman C.
Dr Sagafi is great! Always a wonderful experience with her and her team
Chrystal T.
Very Friendly people in the office.
Mary H.
Always a pleasure to visit the dentist.
Jalen P.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (410) 793-4922
Our Location