How Eating Disorders Can Impact Your Oral Health

How Eating Disorders Can Impact Your Oral Health

Whether you have had an eating disorder in the past, or are dealing with this condition now, it is more important than ever to work with a dentist to protect oral health and hygiene. Dental problems such as decay can have a serious impact on one’s smile. Dr. Sheila Mahooti of Signature Smiles of LA is a dedicated professional who can provide compassionate dental care solutions for individuals who are interested in restoring their smile and reversing the damage caused by eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.

Both eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia, can impact the smile:


A patient with bulimia will often binge and purge. This means they eat a substantial amount of food and then vomit through the mouth. By doing this, stomach acids can eat away at the natural tooth enamel and result in erosion. This can also contribute to the formation of cavities, especially on the back of the teeth where the acids hit. Discoloration of the natural teeth and tooth loss are also side effects of bulimia seen by our dentist in Encino.


On the other side of eating disorders is anorexia. With this condition, patients often starve themselves to avoid weight gain. This deprives the body of the minerals and vitamins it needs to function at its best and to maintain bone density. This can result in the shrinking of bone, including the jaw, which can cause the tooth to become loose and fall out.

Help for patients with eating disorders

In addition to inpatient or outpatient assistance from medical professionals, patients can visit our Encino dentist to restore their smile. Our dental team will perform a discreet and thorough evaluation including x-rays to give patients suggestions as to ways to repair the damage caused by these eating disorders, including bone grafting, teeth whiteningporcelain veneerscrowns, and other restorations.

At Signature Smiles of LA, Dr. Sheila Mahooti and her dental team provide compassionate care for all of our patients. If you have an eating disorder and want to speak to us about preventative care to improve your oral health—and the health of your body—do not hesitate to contact us. We are conveniently located at 5363 Balboa BLVD. #325 in Encino, CA and can be reached by phone at (818) 600-1884.

Location: 5363 Balboa BLVD. #325, Encino, CA, 91316