Advanced Dental Care of Pembroke Pines
1601 N Palm Avenue, Suite 104, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Erosion of Teeth and Other Keys to Detecting Bulimia

dca-blog_eating-disorders-and-dental-health

A serious eating disorder and teeth problems often go hand in hand. Millions of Americans suffer from bulimia nervosa, which is characterized by unhealthy eating behaviors including cyclical binge eating and purging. Common purging behaviors include frequent self-induced vomiting and laxative use. Although many bulimia sufferers are able to hide their condition from their families, friends, and even their doctors, it is difficult to keep the condition a secret at the dentist’s office. Significant changes inside the mouth of a bulimic patient are easily detected during a routine oral exam.

Common Bulimia Effects on Teeth

A strong indicator of bulimic behavior is surface erosion of teeth, which is caused by exposure to stomach acids during vomiting. The enamel and dentin loss typically occurs on the front inside surfaces of upper teeth. Affected teeth have a smooth, glass-like appearance and are free from stains. When erosion of teeth includes molars, patients become highly susceptible to decay and nerve infection. These bulimia effects on teeth often become obvious after the patient has been engaging in induced vomiting for at least two years. The degree of tooth erosion and the frequency of vomiting are related. If damage is allowed to progress, patients may experience tooth sensitivity, changes in bite, dry mouth, parotid gland swelling, and gum injuries. 



Treating Both an Eating Disorder and Teeth Damage

Because of the serious nature of an eating disorder and teeth problems, as well as the effects on general health, it is important to treat both the dental manifestations and the underlying condition. The following recommendations and treatments can be useful for bulimic patients in recovery:

  • Commitment to professional medical treatment of eating disorder
  • Strict dental hygiene habits
  • Desensitizing toothpaste
  • Artificial saliva
  • Regular dental exams and professional cleanings
  • Treatments to promote re-mineralization
  • Rinsing with water after vomiting
  • Refraining from brushing teeth immediately after vomiting
  • Healthy diet and supplemental calcium as needed
  • Cosmetic dental restoration after recovery

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Pembroke Pines, call Advanced Dental Care of Pembroke Pines today at (954) 417-6146 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care of Pembroke Pines offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Pembroke Pines. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Pembroke Pines, 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 Advanced Dental Care of Pembroke Pines.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone is friendly and helpful.
Nikki S.
Very clean, professional, and timely.
Andre M.
it was a emergency and you guys took me right in.
Tim N.
Everyone in the office was amazing! And I loved their process :)
Nicole A.
I am absolutely in love with this dentist office. I feel so comfortable and well taken care of. They are professional and totally human and kind. The entire staff is beyond wonderful.
Maria G.
Staff and Jennifer were there on time. They were courteous. Jennifer was very professional and fun – as always.
Andreina G.
This office is probably the best dentist office I’ve ever been a patient at. Staff is friendly and diligent, office is clean and welcoming, and their dental work is spectacular. I had my wisdom […]
Olivia P.
I’ve been going to Dr Mautner for over 20 years. When he left and had Dr Lavenka as the lead dentist I had no idea of her skill. I broke a tooth on Wednesday, and called and got an appt. for […]
Lee P.
Great office, very professional caring. Awesome dentist and staff.
Maddy R.
Great staff, great hygienist and dentist! All are very nice, helpful and knowledgeable. Soooooo nice
Catherine C.
Attentive staff, thorough exam, easy to understand explanation of dental issues and impacts, candid discussion
Theresa I.
I was treated well by an excellent, well-trained group of professionals.
Joey S.
no wait time, good work, and nice atmosphere.
Pam D.
I love the way that everyone listens to me and all of my dribble. I can be a little long winded and everyone there is soooooo understanding and truly listens to me. I also, love the way they explain […]
Pamela W.
This office, Dentist, hyphenate Randi and staff are all WONDERFUL!!!!
Cindy S.
My experience was painless with having three teeth pulled in one visit. The denist and her assistant was very patient and attentive with me seeing that I was comfortable and in less pain as possible. […]
Yolanda W.
Professionalism displayed by dentist and staff. Cleanliness of facility, and level of expertise demonstrated by dentist. Most impressed with thw fact that she continued to follow-up while I was […]
Karen H.
Little wait time, friendly atmosphere, professional
Debra B.
Dentist and all her staff are all excellent. Been a patient for years and would not go anywhere else. Caring and top quality care given all the time.
Ellen R.
Both Doctor and staff are professional and friendly. I’m never in the waiting room long enough to open a magazine. The appointments are not rushed and are scheduled so well, that patients are more […]
Janet L.
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 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (954) 417-6146
Our Location