The latest statistics show that approximately 725,000 people suffer from a form of eating disorder in the UK. Alternative adjuncts could be of some assistance.
Eating disorders involve a constant preoccupation with food, a distorted body image and excessive measures taken to control weight. Excessive to the point of harming your body’s health, as well as, your mental health and interpersonal relations. However, the effects it can have on your oral health may not be as well known.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (restriction of food intake) and bulimia (episodes of compulsive eating). These two illnesses can alternate or follow one another. They are often accompanied by purges or compensatory behaviour intended to limit weight gain. Purges are commonly understood as someone making themselves sick or excessive use of laxatives to rid the body of what they have consumed.
In the first few years of the illness, teeth will become worn and cracked. Most of this damage is due to vomiting, and anorexia, where food is restricted, can also have harmful effects on the teeth. Logically, the damage caused by vomiting will be where the stomach acid has come into contact with teeth, mostly affecting the backs of the teeth, facing the palate and at the gum line around the incisors. Over time, the enamel will disappear totally on the insides of the teeth. Teeth wear down into a point and lose their height. This is where the adjuncts some in.
What is adjunctive dental care?
Adjunctive Dental Care is a term used to describe dental care that is medically necessary in the treatment of an otherwise covered medical condition. An integral part of the treatment of such medical condition. For example, an individual suffering or recovering from an eating disorder may need dental treatment to save their teeth.
By encouraging the use of effective adjuncts, the profession could help to reduce oral symptoms such as tooth erosion, dental caries, xerostomia and periodontal disease. Not to mention improve the overall oral health of the patient.
Gentle, safe and efficacious, there are a number of solutions available from Curaprox that could help target such symptoms.
CURAPROX enzycal toothpaste, for instance, contains a unique formula with three enzymes to boost natural saliva protection, promote re-calcification and protect against dry mouth. Saliva production would be essential, as this is what washes away the acid from the tooth surface. Dry mouth is a common issue in those suffering from eating disorders.
The Xerostom dry mouth product range is also ideal for patients with eating disorders as it can help to improve salivary flow, relieve pain and mitigate thirst.
For patients with signs of periodontitis, Curaprox’s® (Anti-Discolouration System) 205 mouth rinse offers a full chlorhexidine effect but with minimal side effects and no irritation of the oral mucosa.
If you are looking to refine the oral health regimen of your patients (or yourself) with eating disorders, you can contact Curaprox for more information on available products today.
If you feel like you are suffering from an eating disorder, there are various helplines available for you to contact. Please contact one of the services listed below.
NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk/Livewell/eatingdisorders/Pages/eatingdisordershomepage.aspx
b-eat – www.b-eat.co.uk/
SEED – www.seedeatingdisorders.org.uk/
Men Get Eating Disorders too – mengetedstoo.co.uk/