Advanced Dental Care of Jacksonville
4540 Southside Boulevard, Suite 1001, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Anorexia and Bulimia Effects on Teeth and Health in Teens and Children

dca-blog_eating-disorders-and-dental-health

If your child has developed unhealthy eating behaviors, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders, and many of those are children and teens. Two relatively common and dangerous eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. If your child is anorexic, he or she may refuse to eat enough calories to provide adequate nutritional support. You may also notice a preoccupation with appearance and weight. A bulimic child will eat large amounts of food and then purge by vomiting or taking laxatives to prevent weight gain. Besides causing serious medical problems, an eating disorder can have negative effects on your child’s oral health.

Anorexia and Bulimia Effects on Teeth – Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and teeth problems often go hand in hand. Dental symptoms are related to malnutrition from self-starvation and frequent vomiting, which exposes tooth enamel to powerful stomach acids, causing erosion of teeth. Common signs of eating disorders that your child’s dentist may find include the following.

  • Translucent teeth
  • Acid erosion of teeth
  • Altered length or shape of teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Mouth sores that bleed easily

Malnutrition and Oral Health – If your child has anorexia nervosa, erosion of teeth and mouth sores may not be the only problems. A severe lack of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids can produce multiple oral health issues due to impairment of immune response, epithelial tissue integrity, collagen production, and calcification of bone. Malnutrition also leads to periodontal disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Loose teeth, pale or bluish-red gums, burning or swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, and inflammation of the corners of the mouth may be due to anorexia-induced anemia.

Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Teeth Problems – It can be difficult for your child’s dentist to approach the subject of eating disorders. Many children keep their behaviors a secret. However, leading questions that focus on dental issues may help children to be more honest. If your dentist suspects that your child has an eating disorder, it’s important to get professional medical and psychiatric treatment for him or her as soon as possible. Prompt treatment may prevent serious medical complications as well as damaging anorexia and bulimia effects on teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Jacksonville, call Advanced Dental Care of Jacksonville today at (904) 302-5840 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Jacksonville. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Basically the most pleasant dentist visit I've ever had. Staff is professional and friendly.
Jamie C.
Dr. Soloman and his staff make it a pleasure to get your teeth worked on...If that can be said about dentistry :)
Jose L.
Excellent services and good prices.
Israel V.
The whole staff is amazing!!!!
Ilisha R.
Informative. Friendly and reasonably priced
Devin L.
Amazing staff VERY VERY nice
Daniel R.
Great enviroment, Denist is personal, relax and make you feel you and your issue are important.
Ethel H.
I was apprehensive on getting a tooth pulled. It's not only the pain during the procedure but the pain during the remainder of the day. Glad to […]
Jere V.
Great first time experience. Very friendly staff and fast. Glad i went there. Greensburg said they could not save my tooth but the dentist there did. […]
Prag S.
It was my first time using Advanced Dental Care, but beleive me, I will be back and have a lot of referrals under my belt. I've always hated dentists […]
Christin C.
Great dentist
Geneva J.
Excellent service, clean and professional atmosphere - great dentist and hygienist!!!!
Joana T.
Dr. Soliman has always been a pleasure to deal with. This particular root canal was absolutely painless, adding to my satisfaction. All staff I've […]
David G.
it was great that's why this place has taken care of my dental for 20yrs
Gerard H.
Advanced Dental Care has provided me with friendly, convenient and economical professional dental service for many years. From the cleaning to the […]
Wayne F.
Excellent, the, Dr and his team are amazing,they will give you a good time to for explanations and questions ,this root canal is may be the sixth […]
Abdulwahid A.
Great service! During my cleaning it was discovered that I had needed to have a filling replaced the doctor went ahead and replace it instead having […]
Lorenzo G.
It took a little longer than I expected but it went smoothly.
William R.
Appointment was on time, staff was very efficient and friendly.
William D.
Dr. Solimon has raised dentistry to an art form.
George W.
I thought the staff was friendly and professional.
Tara S.
My sister, Lindis mentally challenged and this team has been remarkable with her! Kudos to all from the front desk to the back. Dee Ragan, sister to […]
Linda D.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Always a great experience!
John A.
Dr. Soliman performed a cavity filling in skillful and professional manner. He has been my dentist for over 10 years. I drive nearly 30 miles to his […]
Patrick B.
Love Advanced Dental and their staff. Everyone is so polite and explains in detail what needs to be done. Relaxing atmosphere would recommend to my […]
Anonymous
This is the best dental practice I have ever experienced. The competence level and professionalism is second to none. Recently, I moved nearly 30 […]
Patrick B.
I have severe dental anxiety & everyone is so patient & kind. I can't say enough about my experience!
Ilisha R.
Friendly Staff, accommodating schedules and great service.
Chris B.
It was great job and I like dr him work on my teeth he is doing very very good so I thanks every one at the clinic for give me smile and help me […]
Morees A.
From the front office to the doctor, everyone is genuinely courteous and professional. I will certainly be recommending you guys to anyone that asks.
Steven H.
I was here for the first time last month because I had to get a dental clearance for an upcoming deployment. The staff was very friendly and they […]
Sara T.
Great experince with new and updated equipment and staff were very nice and curteous to me and my son
Mark C.
My first experience couldn't have gone any better. Every associate was friendly and professional. They were even able to get more done than […]
Joseph P.
The office always provides a clean, friendly environment. Dr Soliman is a very patient, calm and caring dentist who takes the time to know his […]
Ruby F.
good service & they're all so nice and friendly!
Marites F.
Very patient, polite and caring hygienists!! Dr Solimon is very nice too! Already referred a friend.
Lisa G.
Everyone very friendly
Cynthia Q.
Absolutely terrific experience. No complaints about any aspect of the care.
Michael L.
Excellent job, very nice people
Edward S.
I was very satisfied with entire visit. They explained everything to me that was going to be done. The staff and Dentist was very professional, […]
Charnicka W.
Very professional and took care of my issue and more. Completely satisfied with the work that was done. Thanks again Dr. Soliman & Staff!
Ronald W.
Love this practice, staff and Dr. Soliman :)
Rebecca L.
every one was very nice to work with
Thomas N.
Friendly and professional.
Arren F.
Good quality services and excellent care as always
Edward S.
Excellent Doctor and staff.
Anonymous
Don't recall the hygienist name, however she cleaned my teeth very well AND answered my questions. I was impressed!
Benice W.
On time, excellent service.
Ahmad A.
Excellent service from a Dr that gives you all the intention that I needed.
Abdulwahid A.
Dr soli man and staff are doing a great job for me
Manny C.
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 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (904) 302-5840
Our Location