1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814

Bulimia Nervosa
 

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Oral Hygiene/Health 2020 emphasis is on keeping our mouths more basic (higher ph), good salivary flow and encouraging a shift in oral flora (bacteria) to the "good guys" (non disease causing bacteria). At your next telephone follow-up appointment, Dr. Chin will review your oral home care program. Updated suggestions may include regular use of remineralization pastes; diet- arginine rich foods (see videos below), xylitol (amount and timing important), basic chews; tooth varnishes, non alcohol mouthrinses, mouth sprays, mouth gels. Healthy mouths help us have healthy bodies!

 

Emphasis on oral health and relationship to whole body health is a of primary importance to Dr. Chin and team and include a lifestlye and habits as below:

  • EXCELLENT oral health
  • REGULAR oral home care program
  • BALANCED diet
  • REGULAR SLEEPing habits (at least 7-9 hours nightly), have routine, put technology 'to bed", have dinner as early as able.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT - breathing, meditation
  • ENJOY life with loved ones- keep connected, savour meals together.
  • FOREVER STUDENT- learn something new everyday!
  • Regular EXERCISE
  • SPIRITUAL WELL BEING- gratitude journal, prayer.

 

People with eating disorders can suffer from oral health problems as well. This is because many of the behaviors associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa—such as binge eating, self-induced vomiting, and use of diuretics or laxatives—cause changes in the mouth. 

For example, repeated episodes of vomiting, which is common in people with bulimia, release harmful stomach acids that pass through the mouth and can erode tooth enamel, causing cavities, discoloration and tooth loss.  Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders.

Brushing after episodic vomiting is actually more harmful than one would think. The best practice is to rinse thoroughly with a neutral solution such as baking soda and water.


Contact Us

Angela M.A. Chin, DMD, FAGD
1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 488-8577
Fax: (808) 488-8578