Pi Dental Center Supports National Eating Disorders Association

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jun 12, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Pi Dental Center Sponsor for NEDAWALK

It was a beautiful sunny day for NEDAWALK at the Philadelphia Zoo on June 1st!  Pi Dental Center sponsored this year's event benefiting The National Eating Disorders Association. NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the United States supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

A fantastic turnout of 1,102 walkers participated in the walk.  NEDA surpassed its goal raising $9,500 in the Philadelphia alone and a total of $98,557 to date. 

NEDAWALK's one-mile route circled the zoo. Afterwards, attendees were able to explore the zoo on their own, visiting the wildlife and enjoying the beautiful setting with their families and friends.

NEDA advocates on behalf of individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, they campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help those who seek assistance.

Pi Dental Center partners with NEDA wherever possible to ensure that eating disorder patients have the compassionate care and concern of the prosthodontic community in fighting the disease and in supporting the healing process.

Pi helped sponsor the Philadelphia NEDAWALK as part of their ongoing efforts to support the National Eating Disorders Association. In April, Dr. Thomas and his wife, Joanne Balshi and Dr. James and Mrs. Diane Bowers represented the Pi Dental Center at the National Eating Disorder Awareness annual gala fundraising event in New York City, serving as a the Spirit of Courage sponsor at this event.

The prosthodontist plays an important part in the recovery of patients with eating disorders. Anorexia and bulimia can harm teeth and reduce bone in the mouth. This dental deterioration can cause further anxiety for the anorexic patient and make eating and chewing more difficult. Healthy teeth are a critical component in the overall perception of one's self-image. With the intervention of eating disorder specialists and our professional dental team, further tooth damage can be prevented and worn teeth replaced. It is essential that the patient is physically able to consume a proper diet. The dentists at Pi Dental Center have helped many eating disorder patients.

Jenn Friedman, singer, author and eating disorder recovery advocate, who sang her original composition, "We Walk On," at the event, described NEDAWALK beautifully, "It was incredible to be in a community of empowered people uniting for awareness and recovery!"

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By Chris Raines
Web Site Administrator
Pi Dental Center

Tags: dental care and eating disorders, eating disorder awareness and teeth, anorexia and teeth, bulimia and the mouth

Sparkling Smiles Are Giant Steps Toward Eating Disorder Recovery

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 14, 2012 2:20:00 PM

Patient photoThe Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania has made giant steps in helping eating disorder patients find their way to the path of recovery.  Philosophically uncharacteristic of the dental profession at large, the Pi doctors and staff have immersed themselves in understanding the multi-dimensional aspects of these health issues, and have taken the solid position that quality dentistry and precision esthetics jumpstart the recovery process. 

For years, the dental profession has held a very reserved perspective in applying restorative care to patients with worn away and infected dentitions, requiring patients to show evidence of remission before embarking on major dental reconstruction.  At the Pi Center, board certified prosthodontists believe that the core issues of eating disorders, lack of confidence and lack of empowerment, are significantly eradicated by the introduction of a healthy mouth and a winning smile.  The dramatic change brought by this sudden life enhancement produces such abundant self-confidence and positive energy that it often unlocks the door to recovery. The Pi approach is not to withhold or delay any measure that contributes to the rebuilding of a broken spirit. 

At the Pi Center, ongoing studies of our many treated eating disorder patients clearly indicate that our philosophy generates consistent positive outcomes.  Some patients come to us on the threshold of physical and emotional disaster, holding out the singular hope that a new image in the mirror can actually save their lives. Others come unaware of the value embedded in a new smile, but find themselves newly equipped with functioning tools to begin the recovery process.

At the present time, virtually every eating disorder patient in the Pi Dental Center practice has achieved success, not only dentally from a functional and cosmetic standpoint, but also in revamping eating habits to either reduce or eliminate dysfunction.  We welcome new patients who suffer from the difficult dental symptoms of eating disorders.  We are committed to patient privacy as well as to offering experienced compassion for victims of this difficult disease.

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